A-Z Index

Communication: Interpersonal Communication

Why Major in Communication: Interpersonal Communication?

Comprehensive communication majors with an emphasis in interpersonal communication study how people create, send and receive messages, and analyze the ways in which messages affect the perception of the relationship. Students learn methods of identifying problems in communication, correcting problems, and training and developing communication abilities for members of various communities. At Northwest, faculty focus on communication theory and ensuring students are efficient in public speaking, writing, group behavior, persuasion and interpersonal communication.

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Career Opportunities

Job titles related to this major include:

  • Human resources director
  • Training director
  • Instructional specialist
  • Group process facilitator
  • Recruiter
  • Freelancer
  • Event planner
  • Communication director
  • Communication specialist
  • Survey specialist
  • Mediator
  • Counseling and social services
  • Volunteer recruiter
  • Teacher

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Speaking Bearcats

The Speaking Bearcats forensics team has claimed 12 national championships since 2009. Students interested in debate and traveling the country are encouraged to contact Brian Swafford at

Student Organizations

Lambda Pi Eta national honor society is a national communication honor society that recognizes and rewards outstanding academic achievement in communication students.

For a full list of student organizations with in the School of Communications and Mass Media »


Internships are required with the interpersonal communications major to ensure students have profession-based experiences and are career-ready upon graduation.

In recent years, communication majors have interned:

  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Missouri State Senate
  • Sprint

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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Nearly $22 Million in scholarships and grants awarded annually.

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Graduation Rate: 90th percentile

Graduation Rate: 90th percentile of Northwest's national peer group.