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 2013

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ELM in the Courtroom: Application to Trial Juries, Natalie Claire Hopkins

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A Metaphor's Power Over Salience and Ideology, Aaron McKinnon

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A Twist in Hip Hop Culture--A Feminist Perspective, Brandon Edward Michalkiewicz

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Recognizing a Shift Toward Continued Secondary Orality: The iPhone's Contribution to the Development of Human Communication, Heather Christina Parks

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The Myth of "Moonrise Kingdom": A Children's Tale, Laura Ragsdale

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Queen B: A Modern Feminist Critique of Beyoncé, Catherine Demi Ray

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Mexican-American Anglophile, Lorena A. Saldana

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A Critique of Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty, Sarah Scott

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The Real CSI: A Criticism of Media’s Manipulation of Forensic Science, Stephanie Adrianne Slaught

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Lives Interrupted: A Sibling’s Guide to Cancer, Robin Sweeney

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The Reality of Fiction: A Textual Analysis of Verisimilitude in The Appeal, Stephanie M. Taft

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National Tragedy and Uncertainty Reduction: Adult Reaction to National Tragedy and Anxiety Reduction Strategies, Erica Christine Turnlund

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Coming to Appreciate the Redneck Stereotype: A Value Analysis of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Bevie Tyo

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Military & Media: A Close Contexual Analysis Of Moveon.Org's Controversial Attack Ad Of General David Petraeus, Joseph Jordan Vignolo

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She’s Forever Present, Marina Abramović: An Artist, An Innovator, And The Grandmother of Performance Art, Jessica Volmer

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs And The Rhetoric Of “Poignant Presence”: What Brings The War Home?, Kelly Ann Wakeland

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Is CMC the new FTF: a study exploring the nature of computer mediated communication on Facebook, Suzanne S. Wu

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The Deadliest School Shooting in American History: A Dramatistic Analysis of the Virginia Tech Massacre, Natalie Susanne Zafis