Examine How To Improve Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships
Even in today’s technology-rich economy, much of our success is still based in effective collaboration and communication between people. In nearly every field, human interaction occurs, whether it’s face-to-face or through digital means. This Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an Emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and Human Relations is designed to teach you how to navigate interactions and leverage specific interpersonal skills in order to facilitate productive communication.
Earn Your BA in Communications From GCU
At GCU, Christian principals are integrated throughout the interpersonal communications courses to determine how we can base our interactions in a Christian worldview. Classes in this BA degree go beyond the theoretical and allow you to enact communication concepts in professional and relational situations.
Throughout the program, you will be taught how to:
- Analyze negative communication patterns within human relationships
- Eamine how individual behaviors express norms and values
- Evaluate the effectiveness and ethics of verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors
- Create effective communication behaviors in organizations, personal settings, and a variety of other interpersonal contexts
Develop Your Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to develop interpersonal communication skills in the following key areas:
- Nonverbal and verbal communication analysis
- Relational communication
- Group communication
- Speech communication
- Social influence
- Conflict negotiation
You will be taught to utilize these skills in a variety of different contexts as well as how to train others in using these skills. Courses cover how to facilitate communication across different cultures and how to carry these skills over into online settings.
Career Paths for Graduates With a Bachelor’s in Communications: Human Relations Focus
This BA in Communications covers a wide breadth of interpersonal communication and human relationship topics, helping to prepare students with the foundation for a career in a variety of industries. Graduates of this program may be qualified for jobs in fields such as:1
- Communications research
- Human resources
- Public or social media relations
To position yourself for possible career advancement, you may choose to use your foundational skills to pursue a graduate degree or obtain licensure.
Pursue Your Communications Studies at an Accredited University
GCU is proud to be institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), providing quality in education since 1968. Our university meets the HLC’s high standards in areas such as integrity, governance, learning effectiveness, admissions, student services, stewardship and academic achievement.
BA in Communications: Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationship Emphasis FAQs
If you are interested in pursuing a communications degree and would like to learn more about the focus in interpersonal and human relations, please read though our answers to these commonly asked questions.
Are you ready to get started on developing productive communications skills that you can use throughout your career and life? Complete the form on this page to connect with a university counselor. They can help answer your questions and start you on the admissions process for the BA in Communications program.
1 Lyons, R. (n.d.). 24 Top Jobs For Communications Majors. TopResume. Retrieved on Oct. 26, 2023.
2 High Country Behavioral Health. (2021, Jan. 18). The Importance of Social Relationships to Physical and Mental Health. Retrieved on Oct. 26, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.