What an Interpersonal and Human Relations Emphasis Includes
Even in the technology-rich economy of the 21st century, much of our success is still based in effective collaboration and communication between people. In every field human interaction is unavoidable, and our world is in need of professionals who can navigate this interaction throughout different contexts. This Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications and Human Relations is designed to teach students to leverage specific interpersonal skills in order to facilitate productive communication.
The Skills You Will Develop as an Interpersonal Communications Major
Throughout the program, students will develop advanced skills in nonverbal and verbal communication analysis, relational communication, leadership, group communication, speech communication, social influence and conflict negotiation. Students will be prepared to utilize these skills in a variety of different contexts and even to train others in these skills. Courses cover how to facilitate communication across different cultures and how to carry these skills over into digital or online settings.
Christian principals are integrated throughout the program to determine how we can base our communication behaviors in a biblical worldview. Classes in the interpersonal communications and human relations BA program go beyond the theoretical and allows students to enact communication concepts in professional and relational situations.
Throughout the program, students will:
- Analyze negative communication patterns within interpersonal relationships
- Examine how individual behaviors express norms and values
- Evaluate the effectiveness and ethics of verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors
- Learn to teach these skills to create effective communication behaviors in organizations, families and a variety of other interpersonal contexts
What You Can Do With an Interpersonal Communication and Human Relations BA Degree
Since the communications BA degree in interpersonal and human relations covers a wide breadth of topics, students are prepared for a variety of different careers across many industries. Graduates of this program are qualified for jobs in fields such as:
- Communications research
- Human relations
- Advocacy or civil rights
- Human resources
- Management and leadership
- Public or social media relations
Graduates will also have a strong foundation to pursue careers which require them to attend graduate school or obtain licensure. With further study, graduates will be prepared to pursue careers such as social work, law or counseling.
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.