The mission of the Department of Communication and Media is to:

  • Deliver first-class undergraduate and graduate programs that provide our students with the tools they need to strengthen our community and build meaningful, sustaining, and fulfilling careers
  • Contribute significantly to the discipline of communication’s knowledge base through high quality research
  • Contribute meaningfully to the arts community through high-quality creative productions
  • Strengthen our local and academic communities through service

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Theses from 2018

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Driving Forces in Disclosure: Self-Disclosure Goals and Intimacy at the Podium, Layne Paubel

Theses from 2015

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How Real is Reality? : An Examination of Perceived Realism and Permissive Sexual Attitudes in Relation to Reality Dating Shows, Margaret E. Bennett

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Media Audiences’ Engagement with Social Issues: A content analysis of online daily newspaper articles and audience comments, Jessica Edgar

Theses from 2014

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the New Relevance: Motives behind YouTube Use, Xinchen Xu

Theses from 2012

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Natural Hair: A Content Analysis of Black hair style and texture on YouTube Videos, Toni Dominique Rowell

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The Modern Family: Confronting Attitudes and Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Through Gay Male Relationships and Gender Roles on TV, Alice Telios

Theses from 2011

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Framing Health Care Across the Pond: A comparative content analysis of elite newspapers in the US and UK during the 2009 American health policy debate, Jackson Bales Foote

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Should You Rock the Boat? Understanding the Association between Conflict Management Styles, Self Disclosure, and Relational Satisfaction, Sara Louise Trask

Theses from 2010

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A Uses and Gratifications Approach to Hulu, Derek William Duncan

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Investing in the Millennials: A comparison of financial services web pages, Maureen Elizabeth Hergenroether

Theses from 2008

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Neural Characteristics of Affectionate Communicators: Trait Affection and Asymmetry in the Prefrontal Cortex, Robert Joel Lewis

Theses from 2007

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Prefrontal Cortex Asymmetry and the Regulation of Communication: A Meta-Analytic Study, Michelle Elaine Pence