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Our Philosophy

Communication studies combines the social sciences and the humanities to investigate how communication symbols can be used effectively and ethically. Since the discipline spans so many areas of people’s lives, it can be broken down into many sub-disciplines. Some of the common areas of focus are:

  • Environmental communication
  • Family communication
  • Gender communication
  • Health communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Media effects
  • Organizational communication
  • Persuasion
  • Political communication
  • Rhetorical criticism

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