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 2011

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A Speech Of Defense: Obama's Apologia For Himself And The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Trevor Adams Hogan

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Strategic Communications Planning for Non-Profit Organizations: A Data-Based Application of a Seven Step Model, Christina Hoogendam

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Words That (Don’t) Matter: An Evaluative Study of Four Names in Environmental Rhetoric, Larissa Hope Jaskulsky

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The Dimensions of Source Credibility and Salesperson Persuasion, Eric Jaso

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Flavor of SLO, Kendra Noel Jorde

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Personal Branding for Professional Success (Brand Development for Communication Studies Students), Breeana J. Kelly-Slatten

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The Defining Moment for a Feminist Figure: An Analysis of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “The Solitude of Self”, Natalie JoAnn Kiss

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Consolatory Discourse: A Farewell To Life, Keith M. Klemens

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A Taste of Design: Incorporating Semiotics into Flavor of SLO 2011, Michael B. Leibovich

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"I Hired You Because You Look Good": A Feminist Criticism of House, Taylor Rachelle Lutzker

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Documentation of the Coordination of Two Benefits for the SLO Hep C Project, Megan Lea Michels

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8th Annual CubeSat Developers' Workshop 2011, Nicole Nathan, Helena Race, and Brittany Roach

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A Cry for Human Rights: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "Solitude of Self", Megan Palmer O'Donnell

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International Career Conference 2011, Candice Ryann Powell

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Kanye West is Heading South, Clifton A. Sammet

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Student Lunch Nutrition, Kathryn Leigh Scholte

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The Evolution of the Theme of Race Relations in the United States: A Rhetorical Analysis of “The Gettysburg Address,” “I Have a Dream,” and “A More Perfect Union.”, Matthew Schonfeld

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NorCal vs. SoCal: Culture as Communication, Jillian J. Smith

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"Spring Awakening" and Anti-Conformity: An Ideological Criticism, Kara M. Stone

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CabbyChic, Stephanie Stroud

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Organizational Communication and Human Resources: A Proposal for a New Specialization, Erin Brittany Swoger

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Michael Jackson's Oxford Union Address: A Critique from a Hegemonic Perspective, Jenny Ngoc Tang

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Preaching Styles: Honey & Vinegar, Logan Tavelli

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Sampling the Wine and Beer Industry: Using Communication Studies to Coordinate an Event, Dana Wacks

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President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address: A Critique And Overview, Korina Kay Weatherson