Global and Human Studies

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

In the broadest sense, Communication Studies is the study of all human communication with a focus upon verbal behavior.

Communication is used when giving and receiving information in its various forms (such as nonverbal, verbal, and written communication), which allows an individual to pass information to other people and to understand what is said. People use communication skills everyday by exchanging information and knowledge, and develop relationships with others. The way a person communicates develops not only their personality but how others view them as well. Communication is critical in elevating a person’s professional, intimate, or friendly relationships amongst the people they choose to surround themselves with. Overall, communication is what defines human relationships and interactions.

It is not limited to the training of great orators as the leaders of society, but includes training for and analysis of communication within small and large groups, between two individuals and even communication within the individual. In all forms of speech communication, people talk together in order to influence the behavior of other human beings.

Topics in this field include: Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Intercultural, Health Communication, Political Communication and Debates, Gender Communication, Speech, Group Communication, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety.

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Skye Gentile
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