Human Communication Studies, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication Studies program allows you to grow as a communicator both professionally and personally, giving you the tools to succeed in many fields.

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What Will I Learn?

Courses focus on both oral and written communication. Small class sizes and close relationships with faculty allow you to thrive as you develop a range of skills, including:

  • Effective listening
  • Interpersonal and group dynamics
  • Critical analysis
  • Persuasion
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Public speaking

Internships and service learning also allow you to use what you have learned in professional settings.

What are the requirements for this degree?

In this program, you must complete 36 credits in the discipline (21 core credits and 15 elective credits) on top of other degree requirements.

View the Undergraduate Catalog for details about courses and requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Alumni compete for almost any career of their choice due to the versatile nature of the program. They hold careers, often in leadership roles, in these areas and more:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Human resources
  • Higher education
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Athletic coaching
  • Pharmaceutical/medical sales
  • Insurance
  • Community youth programs

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Outside of the classroom, you can network and pursue leadership opportunities by joining groups like:

  • Alpha Gamma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society sponsored by the National Communication Association
  • Human Communication Organization
  • Pennsylvania Communication Association

The Human Communication Studies Department also backs the Speech and Communication Center, which helps students develop fundamental communication skills. You may pursue opportunities as a tutor. The center provides a variety of services such as:

  • Topic selection and refinement
  • Research and citations
  • Content development
  • Practice and view
  • Visual aid preparation
  • Strategies for managing communication anxiety