What is Communication Studies? How is Communication Studies different from Communications? Communications programs focus on telecommunications, primarily on film, radio, and television. Communication Studies is a broader field that intersects with many other areas of study including but not limited to sociology, cultural studies, linguistics, journalism, anthropology, and cybernetics. Communication Studies examines the way humans interact with one another through all forms of communication: verbal, nonverbal, and visual. Topics studied range from mass media, to face-to-face interactions, to social media. Communication behavior and the interpretation of messages are often analyzed through a cultural, political, economic, or social lens. In addition to researching communication messages and behavior, Communication Studies also provides practical experience in crafting and presenting messages.
Communication Studies at BBCC
Our curriculum focuses on the study of human communication and how meaning is created and exchanged in a of variety of contexts to a variety of audiences. Our program offers a wide variety of classes to choose from so that students can study everything from mass media to interpersonal communication to intercultural communication. Students will learn how to analyze and evaluate communication messages and practices by using oral, written, and visual communication. In addition to acquiring research and critical thinking skills, our program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking settings.
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