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 Interpersonal Communication Emphasis


The focus of this emphasis area is on the relationships people establish with each other as they search for meaningful communication in an increasingly complex world. Students who emphasize in Interpersonal Communication often minor (and sometimes double-major) in psychology. Students who emphasize in Interpersonal Communication may be interested in one or more of the following:

  • Communication in romantic, friendship, and/or family relationships
  • Functions of interpersonal communication, including but not limited to relational development and maintenance
  • The role of interpersonal communication in identity construction
  • Conflict management and deception in relationships
  • The function of interpersonal communication in in health, organizational, and mediated contexts
  • Many of our graduates from this emphasis area have gone on to work in hospital, clinic, or school settings. Others have gone on to pursue graduate work areas such as in counseling, social work, or higher education.
Student Learning Outcomes: Interpersonal Communication Emphasis

CST majors in the Interpersonal Communication emphasis will achieve the following learning outcomes:

Interpersonal Skills: Practice interpersonal communication skills that are effective and ethical for diverse audiences, purposes, and contexts

Interpersonal Communication Perspectives: Employ interpersonal communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts to analyze the communication that occurs in all relational types and interactions

Personal and Cultural Identities: Explain how personal and cultural identities impact the way people communicate with one another

Communication Studies Major: Interpersonal Communication 
Emphasis Requirements

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs): 39 credits 

Core requirements: CST 190, 301, 498, 499. Required: CST 230, 336, 430. At least three credits from the following: CST 330, 332, 333, 334, 337, 338.

Nine credits of electives selecting a course from each of the following emphasis areas:

  • Organizational & Professional Communication Emphasis (three credits): CST 260, 350, 351, 354, 355, 360, 365, 380
  • Advocacy & Communication Criticism Emphasis (three credits): CST 210, 215, 310, 315, 410, 412, 413, 415, 419
  • Broadcast & Digital Media Emphasis (three credits): CST 270, 271, 274, 370, 371, 372, 374, 376, 378, 471

Electives (minimum six credits) from any CST course excluding CST 110.

Communication Studies Minor: Interpersonal Communication 
Emphasis Requirements

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs): 24 credits 

Required: CST 190, 230, 336, 430. At least three credits from the following: CST 330, 332, 333, 334, 337, 338.

Nine credits of electives selecting a course from each of the following emphasis areas:

  • Organizational & Professional Communication Emphasis (three credits): CST 260, 350, 351, 354, 355 360, 365, 380
  • Advocacy & Communication Criticism Emphasis (three credits): CST 210, 215, 310, 315, 317, 410, 412, 413, 415, 419
  • Broadcast & Digital Media Emphasis (three credits): CST 270, 271, 274, 370, 371, 372, 374, 376, 378, 471