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 2012

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Sales Process and Training Overview, Thomas Holcomb

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Intergenerational Communication In An Organizational Setting, Claire Kister

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A Rhetorical Criticism of Susan B. Anthony’s Speech on Women’s Right to Vote, Shabnam Kohan

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'Moebius': Groundwork for Promotion & Visibility, Kanika Laroia

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Amidst Invasion, Conversion, and Extinction, the Power of Communication Prevails: An Ethnographic-Inspired Account of the Chumash Indians, Arielle Mease

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"I'm Bi-Winning": A Critical Content Analysis of Bipolar Disorder In American Newspapers, Maryam Moeinazad

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The American Duality: Exceptionalism or Exemptionalism?, Courtney Muniz

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A Study on Facebook Advertisement Strategies: Facebook Wall Posts Promote Higher Response than Private Messages, Bria Park

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"I had the craziest dream last night...": A Foucauldian Analysis of Black Swan, Samantha Rose Prochnow

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Theories of Culture, Identity, and Ethnomusicology: A Synthesis of Popular Music, Cultural, and Communication Studies, Alyssa Santos

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“All Girls Are Barbies”: A Feminist Critique of Nicki Minaj’s Barbie Persona, Camellia Sarmadi

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Flavor of SLO 2012: An Application of Communication Principles in Event Planning, Allison Sasscer

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The Truth Can Be A Funny Thing: A Comparison of Traditional Broadcast News to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in Coverage of the 2012 Presidential Campaign, Madeleine Sciarra

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Promoting HIV Prevention and Awareness Through Personal Communication: A Training Seminar For HIV Positive Speakers, Allyson Snyder

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Communication Concepts Through Flavor of SLO 2012, Quinn Nicole Thompson

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Poly Projects, Mary Carolyn Ward and Neal Patrick Donahue

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Flavor of SLO 2012: Applying Concepts from the Communication Discipline to the Marketing and Execution of a Local Event, Courtney Keiko Ai Hua Wen

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Yoga Swell: A Stepping Stone Toward the Promotion of Personal Revolution, Heather Wicks