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Program Overview

The University of New Mexico offers an online Bachelor’s Degree completion program in Communication with a concentration in Interpersonal Communication. The study of Interpersonal Communication will help prepare students to enter more specialized academic pathways or careers, including diversity consulting, fundraising, motivational speaking, event management, and career recruitment.

  • Possible Careers
    • Education, politics, law, government
    • Human resources, labor relations
    • Sales management, consulting
    • Mediation, conflict management
    • Publishing, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, business (general)

Learning Goals

In your online coursework, we will examine a variety of interpersonal communication concepts, with special emphasis on the application of communication skills in different situations. As you advance in your coursework, you will delve into advanced analysis of theories and research on communication processes, relational development, and conflict resolution. 

Program Details

The Interpersonal Communication Bachelor’s Degree offers all of the courses associated with the major requirements needed to complete the BA in an online format. To qualify for admission to the program, students must have already completed a majority of the UNM Core Curriculum, as well as college and minor requirements.

The major requirements for completing the program total 18 credit hours. Below is a listing of all of the required courses and the planned offerings.

  • CJ 221 Interpersonal Communication
  • CJ 318 Language, Thought and Behavior Mediation
  • CJ 323 Nonverbal Communication
  • CJ 344 Interviewing
  • CJ 421 Communication and Relationships

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a BA degree in Interpersonal Communications, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. UNM requires approximately 37 hours distributed between seven areas to complete the University Core Curriculum. The university also requires completion of a 3 credit hour U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement. Students may transfer course work from other accredited institutions to fulfill these requirements.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 96 credit hours taught within its departments. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must declare a major and a minor, or two majors, or a special curriculum approved by the College. Half of the major must be completed at the University of New Mexico. A quarter of the minor must be completed at the University of New Mexico.

In addition to the UNM undergraduate admissions requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences requires the following:

  • A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation
  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer grade point average
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional grade point average

For additional degree and program requirements for the BA in Interpersonal Communication, please refer to the UNM Catalog.

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: Regular tuition and fees apply


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*To qualify for admission to the major, students must complete additional core and college requirements (see Degree Requirements tab for more information)