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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A Look at Intercultural Communication in the Adult ESL Classroom: Using English to Empower not Overpower, Ashley Elizabeth Nelson

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A Study of the Effect of Product Placement in Television Shows and its Influence on Consumer Behavior, Danielle Patton

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Perceptions of the Communications Studies Major: Is There a Female Stereotype?, Kyle Petersen and Karina Almaguer

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Respect, Cho Chang, and Asian Representation: A Critical Analysis of the White Gaze in Harry Potter, Kaitlin Pham

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"The Falling Man" as Viewed in the Lens of the "Public Sphere", Laura Reinacher

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Studying Communication: Deepening my Understanding and Insights, Katie Sepa

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Humble Me: Increasing Awareness of Ethnocentrism and of the Need for Ethnorelativism Through a Spoken Word Performance Event, Corinne H. Sherman

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Poly Royal 2014: Applying Communication Concepts in order for a Successful Annual Rodeo Event, Shyan Souza

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Gender Representation in Sports Communication, Michelle R. Stiller

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Cal Poly Open House: An Application of Communication Principles, Jillian Syftestad

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Proposal for a Media Effects Study: What Preschoolers and Kindergartners Retain from Animated Children's Films with Intricate Storylines, Samantha Lynne Tanner

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The Miscommunication of Standardized Education, Eliott James Walker

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Entering a Musical Haze: How Music Festivals Have Created Their Own Culture, Kaitlyn Weaver

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From Print Culture to Digital Culture: Effects on Communication, Culture, and Technology, Brent Weber

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Where Does it Hurt? A Cultivation Theory’s Perspective on Domestic Violence, Kendra Grace White