Interpersonal Communication

Western Michigan University's interpersonal communication major is designed for students who want the knowledge and learned ability to work closely with people in interpersonal relationships. This major is excellent for students interested in social service careers, where knowledge and ability in interpersonal relationships is critical to success.

As an interpersonal communication student at WMU, you will study interpersonal communication, communication theory, communication research, group communication, nonverbal communication, family communication, communication ethics, female and male interaction, health communication, attitude change, group problem solving and public speaking. You will also learn how to market yourself through networking, cover letters, resumes and portfolios.

Beyond the classroom

If you choose this major, you will have networking and professional development opportunities available to you through volunteering, internships, and other career-specific experiences such as contributing to the Western Herald student newspaper or WIDR radio station, or joining Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society or Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in interpersonal communication are working as:

  • Sales representatives
  • Recruiters
  • Social workers
  • Insurance agents
  • Career counselors
  • Mental health professionals

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Newspapers
  • Radio and television stations
  • Political campaigns
  • Lobbying firms

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo