Human Relations

The Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University is consistently ranked among the top programs in the United States according to The Gourman Report. The Lamb School seeks to advance students’ ability to express themselves across various modes of communication; it teaches students to recognize their audience and to speak with confidence. The Lamb School offers a variety of opportunities for students to practice career-oriented skills through its video news magazine, Fast Track, school newsletter, The Communicator, and student-run PR, Boiler Communication.

Human Relations develops students' ability to analyze communication contexts, solve communication difficulties, and build productive relationships --both personal and professional.  It includes courses focused on managing conflict, providing support, lending and influencing others, and  presenting oneself effectively.

In addition to Human Relations, other areas of Communication from which students may choose are:

General Communication*

Mass Communication*

Corporate Communication*

Public Relations and Strategic Communication*

*Regardless of communication concentration of interest, choose Communication on the undergraduate admission application.
Outcomes
Preparation
What's Next

Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, Communication majors may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to communications. Student experiences have included:

  • Account Executive
  • Digital Communications Analyst
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • News Anchor/Media Assistant
  • Sales Director/Advertiser

Preparation

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Communication majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include but are not limited to:

  • Writing press releases or other media communications to promote clients.
  • Establishing cooperative relationships with representatives of communities, employers, or public interest groups.
  • Developing public relations strategies --based on objectives and promotional policies-- that influence public opinion or promote ideas, products, or services.
  • Responding to requests for information from the media
  • Utilizing Design and Web creation software, such as Adobe Systems Creative Cloud (Illustrator and Photoshop), Apple QuickTime, YouTube, Podcasting software, and Cascading Style Sheets
  • Composing arguments for public speaking; being able to speak with authority and pitch an idea effectively

What's Next

Communication majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:

Department

Brian Lamb School of Communication


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