Multi-dimensional in its approach, Communication Studies Department uses the rich resources of both the humanities and the social sciences in exploring the human capacity for speech - when, where, why, how, and with what effect people interact through language and extra-linguistic symbols - and focuses on the theory and practice of human communication in a variety of contexts: interpersonal, intercultural, instructional, organizational, political, in dyads, in small groups, and in the mass media. The Communication Studies program prepares students for graduate work or careers in a wide variety of occupations that place a premium on excellent communication skills. The Communication Studies degree program is now among the most popular in the College of Liberal Arts.

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Senior Projects from 2014

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Drenched Fitness: Marketing Toward Men, Erin Sydni Abzug

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Loose Connections, Strong Networks: Self-Enrollment and the Rhetoric of 350.org, Daisy Celine Lucile Brightman

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Use of Peripheral Route Triggers to Test Buying Habits on Social Curating Sites, Kellie K. Brown

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Media Portrayal of Individuals in the Lower Class and its Effects on Attributions of Educational Hardships, Krista A. Burke

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Lady Gaga: Performer, Persona, and Political Advocate, Cassidy Burns

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Analyzing Organizational Consulting as a Professional Practice: An Exploration of the Theoretical and Attitudinal Assumptions, Kristina Rose Cosgrave

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OCBF Fundraising Handbook, Clare Devlin

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An Attempt To Unify: A Rhetorical Analysis On Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, Chanel E. Garcia

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Learn By Traveling Through AIESEC: The Importance of Studying and Experiencing Intercultural Communication, Haley Gross

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A Feminist Exploration of Gender and Communication in the Professional Sales Workplace, Chelsea Heil

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Virtual Brand Communities and Brand Loyalty: A Case Study of MINDBODY Inc.'s Virtual Brand Community, Dillon Katz

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The World Is My Classroom, Dante Pisana Logie

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The Power of PLUR: EDMC as a Reflection of a New Generation, Nichole Lorenz

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The Music Says My Soul. The Beat Says My Life: Electronic Dance Music Culture, Megan McDonald

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A Comparative Analysis of the First Inaugural Addresses of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama, Siobhan Miller

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Brave: A Feminist Perspective on the Disney Princess Movie, Danielle Morrison

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The Deceptions of Powerful Female Roles: A Feminist Critique of Homeland, Shelby C. Murray

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From Superhero to Human: A Genealogical Criticism of Depictions of Police Officers in Media from the 1970s to the Present, Samantha Wendy Ann Neher