"The newest computer can only merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem of what to say and how to say it." -- Edward R. Murrow

Fundamentals for Understanding the Human Condition 

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The Department of Human Communication Studies offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Both the major and minor in Human Communication Studies maximize a bank of communication skills and their theoretical bases, which are applicable to career goals and private lives. These skills include, but are not limited to, effective listening, interpersonal dynamics, group dynamics, critical analysis, persuasion, conflict management and resolution, and message construction and delivery, both orally and in writing. An emphasis on the ethical use of communication and the cultural dimensions, both of which are fundamental to effective human communicative strategies, are key to each course offered. Careful consideration is given to both the implications of human communication theories and the application of practical skill sets.

The Department of Human Communication Studies offers:

  • Personal advisement which includes career advisement. In two separate surveys, 100% of those graduates responding said they were satisfied or very satisfied with advisement.
  • Internship program in which you complete one or two on -the-job experiences. Job supervisors who evaluated Human Communication Studies interns universally rated them Very Good or Outstanding.
  • Technical training in presentational technology including powerpoint, editing equipment and computer mediated communication.
  • A faculty committed to teaching and individually caring for each student.
  • Communication skills development that prepare you for a wide range of careers.
  • Interactive learning strategies that allow you to learn by doing. While learning the theoretical framework of the process of communication, you will also apply these concepts in classroom exercises, assignments, discussion, group work, presentations - and in your personal life.
  • Networking with Human Communication Studies graduates. From a perusal of this web site's careers and alumni pages you will read how enthusiastic our graduates are about the degree we offer. This enthusiasm has led a vast majority of our graduates to volunteer to help you prepare and get started on a good career.

Majors: Must complete a total of 36 credits in the discipline. A core of 21 credits is required and then students select 15 credits of electives within the department.

Minors: Must complete a total of 18 credits in the discipline. A core of 6 credits is required and then students select 12 credits of electives within the department.

Please select from the navigation bar above for more information on majors and minors in HCS, as well as links to planning tools (courses, schedule, and rotation) to assist you in planning your academic career as an HCS major. Information on Internships and Service Learning will be instrumental to your success.