Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in interpersonal communication equips you to understand how humans relate and communicate in friendships, families, romance, small groups, church and work. As you hone your own communication skills, you’ll learn how relationships are affected by context, listening ability, existing power structures, conflict management, and verbal and nonverbal communication.
Graduate with internship experience and a versatile and applicable knowledge base.
Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
What to Expect
As a student in Trevecca’s interpersonal communication program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the study of how human communication works in all types of relationships, and you’ll become equipped to analyze and apply theories in different contexts. Your studies will help you develop and improve crucial relationship skills such as listening, empathy, trust, influence, conflict management and verbal and nonverbal communication.
Core coursework includes the study of interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, social influence and more. You’ll also grow your presentation skills, learn research methods and improve your one-to-one communication skills in a variety of settings. This program culminates in an exciting senior project and a career internship, giving you the chance to gain valuable research and field experience and to establish professional networking contacts.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your interpersonal communication degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.
With a degree in interpersonal communication, you gain skills that apply to almost any field or career, including roles like these:
- College admissions counselor
- Conflict negotiator/mediator
- Customer service coordinator
- Marketing or HR director
- Wedding consultant
- Financial planner
- Instruction/curriculum developer
- Legislative assistant
- Public information officer
- Camp director
This program also positions you well for a variety of options in graduate studies.
Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.
A study of two-person (dyadic) communication. Topics include: human communication theory, verbal and nonverbal codes, development of self-concept, perception, impression formation, and relationship development. Preferred prerequisite for all courses leading to an Interpersonal Communication major.
Principles of Intercultural Communication
A study of how culture affects communication behavior and intercultural relationships. This course provides a broad theoretical and contextual base that emphasizes intercultural communication competency as it relates to Western and non-Western cultures.
Business Information Technology
Seeks to prepare students to use technologies that they will encounter as they pursue their calling in the world. Regardless of discipline students will need to work with databases, web technologies, publishing technologies, financial tools, online resources for Christian ministry, and perform research using computing technologies. Students will have an opportunity to explore and use these technologies in a project-based context.
Theories of Communication
Surveys the major theories of human communication. The study will focus on the origins, usefulness, and limitations of each theory for understanding communication events. This course will help prepare students to analyze and interpret human communication in all its forms (intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, small group transactions, organizational communication, public speaking, drama, and mass communication).
Advanced Public Speaking
Gives students practical experience in the preparation and presentation of the speeches that are usually required in business and the professions. Areas of instruction include speech making, oral reading of reports, and speech for radio and television.
Career Internship in Communication Studies
Intensive study, observation, and participation in various field projects designed and contracted between the student and instructor. Internships will be arranged in conjunction with the student's major. Maximum of 6 hours. Graded S/U.
Research Methods in Communication Studies
Introduces students to the most commonly used qualitative and quantitative methods of research associated with the discipline of communication.
Senior Project in Communication Studies
All majors in the Department of Communication Studies are required to present a senior project as a public performance. The project should relate to the student's specialized interest in the field, demonstrate his or her acquired skills, and be academically and vocationally beneficial as a culminative experience. The project must be approved by the faculty advisor at least one semester in advance. The number of credits is contingent upon the number of hours given to the project [40+ hours for one (1) credit; 80+ for two (2) credits.] Graded S/U.
Small Group Communication
Involves the study of theory and research of communication behavior in small problem-solving groups. Includes the effects of participants' personal characteristics and of situational constraints involved in small group interaction.
Language and Social Interaction
An examination of communication as symbolic interaction between human beings within social contexts. The social construction of interpersonal and societal meaning primarily through the use and influence of language is analyzed.
A study of the nonverbal forms of human communication. Special attention is given to the creation of meaning through such nonverbal forms as facial expression, gesture, bodily movement, use of space and time, voice, and environmental setting.
Examines the role of communication and human relations in the initiation of attitude change and development within individuals, groups, community organizations, and other cultures. Consideration will be given to persuasive theory, diffusion of innovations, conflict resolution, and the development of working relationships between and within community groups.
General Education — 51 hours
General Electives — 15-18 hours
*An additional three (3) credit hours are required from Communication Studies coursework.
*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.