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 2010

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Intercultural Communication with Semester at Sea: A Former Student to New Student Guide, Brooke Applegarth

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A Disciplined and Virtuous Vampire, Holland (Holly) Brown

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A Metaphorical Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech, Joseph (Joe) Ciesinski

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Michael Vick's Redemption Strategy, Joseph Matthew Douglas

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WALL-E's Rhetoric: An Ecological Sermon from a Strange Preacher, Jennifer A. English

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"The Only Band That Matters": An Analysis of the Relationship Between Punk Rock and Culture, Dillon Ferdinandi

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Uniting A Nation: A Close Textual Analysis Of Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, Thomas Michael Gatta

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Pre-Game Rhetoric: Pure Motivation or Simply Show?, Sam Alan Hettinger

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Mere Christianity: The Lasting Work of C.S. Lewis, Stephanie Jeanne Johnson

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A Relevant Ministry: Ideology in Martin Luther King's "I've been to the Mountaintop", Taylor Jones

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The Rhetorical Subversion of Populism: Palinism in the 2008 Election, Allison Margaret Kearney

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The Question of Robin Hood, Jessica Kinkhorst

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John F. Kennedy's Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association: A Speech of Apologia, Carlos Ernesto La Puente

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Wine Advertising to the Millennial Generation, Jessica R. Luke

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Open: A Narrative Criticism, Suzanne Christine Matzenauer

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Effects of the Emo Music Genre, Vincent Piccone Mazzaferro

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"Natural Male Enhancement": A Semiological Approach To Enzyte's Marketing Scheme, Michelle (Shelley) McKendree

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Feminist Criticism: The Importance Of Sharing The Native Female Journey, Michelle Newfield

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Climate Literacy in California K-12 Schools, Candice Maree Nosworthy

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New England Patriots Vs The Carolina Panthers At The Super Boob?: A Deeper Look At The Media Surrounding Janet Jackson And Justin Timberlake's Wardrobe Malfunction At The 2004 Super Bowl, Philip Michael Ortez

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CubeSat Developers' Workshop 2010, Tracy Owens and Ryan Race