May 21, 2019  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 
    
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
Department of Communication
College of Arts and Sciences

Neff Hall 230 ~ 260-481-6825 ~ www.ipfw.edu/comm/


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Be able to articulate the historical traditions of the discipline.
  • Be aware of and skillful use in the use of new technologies relevant to the major.
  • Be able to explain communication concepts and theories relevant to the major.
  • Be able to explain, evaluate and apply the processes involved in productive conflict in the contexts (interpersonal, small group, organizational, mediated, public) relevant to the major.
  • Demonstrate awareness of diverse perspectives.
  • Be a competent reader, speaker, writer and listener.
  • Evaluate interpersonal and group interactions.
  • Communicate competently (effectively, appropriately, ethically) interpersonally and/or in groups.

This program helps you understand human communication and develop skill and sensitivity in speaking, listening, and participating in varied communication situations. Courses focus on theory and practice in communication tasks ranging from interviewing to addressing large audiences. The degree program helps you prepare for a career in government, sales, public relations, law, public and social service, personnel, or business and industrial communication. 

The Department of Communication offers related bachelor’s degree programs in media and public communication and a minor in media production for those students who want more courses in practical skills.

To earn the B.A. with a major in interpersonal and organizational communication, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ), the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and the Department of Communication as listed below. You also must earn a minor in an appropriate discipline. Two courses in a major offered in the Department of Communication can also be counted in the required minor. If the minor is selected from an Arts and Sciences department, the courses may be used to satisfy distribution requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences.

IPFW General Education Requirements


Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundation


Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

  • Additional credits (Not in COM) in Area III Credits: 3

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses    (not in COM)

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses   (not in COM)

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


English Writing


Foreign Language


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 14

Distribution (not in COM)


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part C Credits: 9

Cultural Studies


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part D Credits: 6

Minor and Elective Courses


  • Credits in approved minor (with grades of C or higher) Credits: 12–21
  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 124.

Total Credits: 124


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