Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with options in Organizational Communication or Communication and Public Affairs and a minor in Communication Studies. At the graduate level you can earn a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Also housed in Communication Studies is the nationally recognized Speech and Debate Team.
Areas of Concentration in the Communication Discipline
In the field of communication there are many areas of concentration where researchers and practitioners specialize in one particular area of study or practice. Students in the communication discipline can start to explore some of these areas during their studies in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, here at CSUC, and then continue on in any of the following areas as a part of a graduate or professional studies program.
The study of the nature, processes, and effects of human symbolic interaction. While speech is the most obvious mode of communication, human symbolic interaction includes a variety of verbal and nonverbal codes.
The study of speakers and speeches, including the historical and social context of platforms, campaigns, and movements.
The study of principles that account for the impact of human communication between speaker and audience.
The study of principles that account for the impact of communication in social interaction.
The study of processes used to analyze communication needs of organizations and social interaction, including the design of training to improve communication between supervisors and employees.
The study of communication behaviors in dyads and their impact on personal relationships.
The study of information flow within an organization and the impact of communication on individuals entering, working in, and exiting an organization.
The study of speech communication in the classroom and other contexts.
The study of communication unique to family systems.
The study of communication as it relates to health professionals and health education; includes the study of provider-client interaction as well as the diffusion of health information through public health campaigns.
The study of gender differences and similarities in communication and the unique characteristics of male-female communication.
International and Intercultural Communication
The study of communication among individuals of different cultural backgrounds, including the study of similarities and differences across cultures.
The study of the role of communication as it relates to the legal system.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution
The study for the understanding, management, and resolution of conflict in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intergroup situations.
The study of the role that communication plays in political systems.
Small Group Communication
The study of communication systems among three or more individuals who interact around a common purpose and who influence one another.
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