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Communication is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Mass Communication and Media Studies



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    Mass Communication and Media Studies

    Degree programs in mass communication and media studies explore the many facets of the field, from the way individuals communicate with one another to all forms of mass media: television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

    The typical curriculum includes courses like the following:

    • Communication Theory – the technology of the transmission of information
    • Interpersonal Communication – the process by which people exchange information, ideas, feelings, and meaning through verbal and nonverbal messages
    • Cross-cultural / Intercultural Communication – the sharing of information and ideas between cultures and social groups
    • Rhetoric / Persuasion – creating messages aimed at getting the listener to support the ideas and perspectives of the presenter
    • Rhetorical Criticism – the study of the art of rhetoric or persuasion
    • Organizational Communication – communication that takes place in business environments
    • Mass Communication – the process of creating, sending, receiving, and analyzing messages to large audiences
    • History and Laws of Mass Communication
    • Public Speaking – the process of delivering a speech to a live audiences
    • Psychology of Communication – study of the four principles of communication: the message sent is not necessarily the message received; it is impossible to not communicate; every message has both content and feeling; nonverbal cues are more believable than verbal cues
    • Argumentation and Debate – the process of communicating claims based on supporting information (argumentation) and the exchange of arguments on a topic (debate)
    • Freedom of Speech – examination of the right to express opinions and beliefs without censorship

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  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric



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    Speech Communication and Rhetoric