Human Relations

The Communication curriculum begins with a thorough introduction to the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations upon which all communication activity is based. Students begin in Pre-Communication, and after successfully completing three required Pre-Communication courses with a 3.0 GPA or higher, may proceed to the upper-level General Communication major or select a concentration in:

  • Human relations communication* - focuses on the theory, concepts, and skills necessary to understand how communication functions in and between organizations; provides background in human relations development, communication training, personnel placement and assessment, supervision and management, labor relations, or internal communication systems development.

Points of Pride

  • The School of Communication at Purdue is consistently ranked among the top programs in America in The Gourman Report.
  • Communication majors are encouraged to take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities, and their curriculum and faculty support these important experiential enrichment opportunities. 

*Regardless of communication concentration of interest, choose communication on the undergraduate admission application.


  • Advertising
  • Professional sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Customer service/employee relations
  • Recruitment
  • Reporting
  • Editing
  • Promotion
  • Publicity
  • Public relations
  • Writing
  • Lobbying
  • Fund-raising and development
  • Media production, editing, or performance
  • Personnel placement, training, and evaluation

Plan of Study

Students must earn a "C-" or better in each Communication major course.

A. The following courses to satisfy Pre-Com requirements (9)

COM 10200 Introduction to Communication Theory
COM 20400 Critical Perspectives on Communication
COM 31800 Principles of Persuasion

B. The following General Communication course (3)

COM 30400 Quantitative Methods for Communication Research

C. Human Relations communication Core (15)

COM 21200 Approaches to Study of Interpersonal Communication
COM 32400 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COM 37200 Communication and Relationships (spring only; pre-req: COM 21200)
COM 41200 Theories of Human Interaction (fall only; pre-req: COM 21200)
COM 49800 Practicum in Human Relations (spring only; pre-req: COM 41200)

D. Three of the following courses in Communication (9)

COM 30300 Intercultural Communication
COM 32000 Small Group Discussion
COM 32500 Interviewing: Principles & Practice
COM 37400 Social Interaction Skills
COM 37500 Conflict & Negotiation
COM 37600 Communication and Gender
COM 41700 Training & Development in Organizations
COM 41900 Judgement and Decision-Making
COM 49100 Special Topics in Communication (as approved by HR faculty)

E. Choose TWO addition 30000-level or above courses in COM that are NOT listed in areas A through D (6)

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Brian Lamb School of Communication

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