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Human Communication Concentration

Knowing how to communicate well is important in any career, and in this program, you will sharpen your skills in verbal, nonverbal and written communication through an expansive set of applied and elective classes.

Program strengths

  • Provides a well-rounded understanding of rhetoric and audience awareness
  • Award-winning speech team gives you the opportunity to practice your oral communication skills by delivering a message confidently, concisely, and persuasively in front of an audience
  • Applied courses allow you to begin practicing skills within your first semester


Each class is designed to bring you a wealth of different learning objectives in communication and knowledge that will be useful for an almost unlimited number of career paths. Courses include:

  • Group Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Argumentation & Debate
  • Persuasion
  • Organizational Communications
  • Public Address & Criticism

Applied learning

In Speech Team (Com 130), the human communication applied course, you will be a part of the UIndy Speech Team and apply such skills as writing, public speaking, argumentation and persuasion. Our speech team is a proud, award-winning body of students from a variety of majors. Students compete around the state and nation in a variety of events, including:

  • Impromptu and extemporaneous speaking
  • Persuasive, informative, and after dinner speaking
  • Prose, poetry, duo, and dramatic interpretation

We offer a number of scholarships for students enrolled in the Speech Team applied course. See Speech Team scholarship ►

Potential careers in human communication

Human communication focuses on some of the most transferable job skills and provides a wide variety of career options. Here are just a few options:

  • Public speaker
  • Entertainment talent
  • Copywriting
  • Communications coordinator

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as a communication major with a concentration in human communication. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the communication curriculum guide lists the classes needed for the communication core and your concentration area. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.

University of Indianapolis General Education curriculum guide
Communication curriculum guide