Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Concentration

This concentration examines communication among persons and groups, in formal and informal settings. It focuses on theories, concepts, and practices appropriate to institutional settings, including families. Students will explore various aspects of human behavior of people in groups and teams. Coursework focuses on the study of professional and personal relationships and explores such issues as conflict, decision-making, diversity, small groups, persuasion, gender, culture, interviewing, leadership, nonverbal communication, media, public presentation, health, the environment, and family relations.


All students have opportunities for research, global-engagement, public service, and career preparation. As a communication major you can:

  • Apply to the communication honors program and work closely with a professor on a research project of your own. Read more >>
  • Earn communication credit while studying abroad with Mason’s Center for Global Education.
  • Gain practical experience with a student media organization such as Fourth Estate (the student newspaper) or WGMU (the student radio station).
  • Develop speaking skills through the Debate or Forensics teams.
  • Learn valuable job skils by interning at major media outlets, government agencies, and private corporations (organizations such as the NBC Today Show, ABC News, ESPN Radio, or USA Today). Read more >>