Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication
The study of human communication allows students to develop critical thinking skills, an understanding of cultural and gender-related differences in how people communicate, and it sharpens their marketable skills such as writing, public speaking and persuasion.
Students with a B.A. in human communication pursue jobs in a wide range of industries including management, sales, human resources, higher education (admissions and student services), marketing and training. Many students also continue their education in graduate school, law school and business or professional graduate degree programs.
Admission to UCF constitutes automatic admission to the human communication major. Students must still complete a change of major form to be removed from the “comm-pending” status. This form can be located and submitted through the Nicholson Academic Student Services Center in NSC 143. This program does not have a GPA requirement and students do not have to take the grammar proficiency or keyboarding exams.
The general education communication program is part of the human communication area within the Nicholson School of Communication. Our mission is to build a sustainable general education program, which fully serves both the university’s curriculum goals and the major programs of the Nicholson School of Communication by offering multiple courses to meet students’ diverse educational needs. Our program supports requirements within the UCF General Education Program communication foundation by offering three courses:
- COM 1000 (Introduction to Communication) is a communication theory survey course, that covers a broad range of oral communication topics including process models; communication apprehension theory; interpersonal, organizational and intercultural communication; ethics of communication; and theories of persuasion. This course is taught in face-to-face, mixed mode and web course sections.
- SPC 1603 (Fundamentals of Technical Presentation) offers instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication within technology-related professions. The concerns for clarity in highly technical and information-dense messages are stressed. This course is taught in face-to-face and mixed mode sections.
- SPC 1608 (Fundamentals of Oral Communication) offers basic instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication with emphasis on the demands of general public speaking for informative and persuasive purposes. This course is taught in face-to-face and mixed mode sections.
Internships Begin Successful Careers
Faculty in the human communication program recognize that internships are key to launching successful careers. To that end, we encourage our students to pursue internships in a wide-variety of fields and offer academic credit for approved internships. Many of our students intern at local organizations, nonprofits and businesses such as Orlando Sports Medicine, Chatter Bug Media, Central Florida Community Arts and Feeding Children Everywhere.
The human communication internship information packet including eligibility requirements, registration procedures and an application form can be downloaded below. We strongly encourage any interested applicants to read the packet and speak with a faculty member before pursuing an internship.
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