Communication Science

The Communication Science program seeks to understand processes of human interactions evident in various face-to-face and mediated contexts as they relate to the cognitive, social, and cultural functions of communication. Using various social scientific methods, teaching and research in Communication Science is organized in three broad topical areas:

  • Communication and social relationships (how relationships among people are initiated and maintained in various contexts)
  • Media effects (processes and effects of various media)
  • Social influence (processes of social change and collective decision-making that involve persuasion, deliberation, and information exchange)

Cutting across these areas is a wide range of topics and themes:

  • Health
  • Racial and ethnic relations
  • Civic engagement
  • Public opinion
  • Group dynamics
  • Uses and effects of new technologies

The graduate program in Communication Science provides students with core knowledge in communication theory and research methodology and the opportunity to develop their research interests in a way that enhances scientific understanding of human communication as well as applications of such knowledge. The Center for Communication Research provides facilities, support, and venues for faculty and graduate students to conduct their research.

Jonathan D’Angelo (2017)
Virtual choice architecture and online dating: the effects of choice overload, reversibility, and impermanence on online daters’ satisfaction and communication with selected partners
Edgewood College

Laura Stephenson (2017)
Watching and playing together: an examination of the relationship between family media time and parent-child relationships
Madison Community Organizer

James Bonus (2017)
The influence of exposure to scientific inaccuracies in children’s educational television on the science explanations of children and parents
The Ohio State University

Jiawen Zheng (2016)
Deliberation with an open mind: rectifying biased perceptions in preparation for deliberation
Nanjing University

Valerie Kretz (2016)
Romantic relationships in movies and television: interpretations and effects
St. Norbert College

Cassandra Carlson (2016)
Emerging adult decision-making: perceptions and implementation of parental advice
Carolina Coastal University

Wenjie Yan (2014)
"Entrapment of Egocentrism: Perception of Bias, Expectancy, and Deliberation Preparation"
Zhejiang University

Gayathri Sivakumar (2014)
"Effect of Online Health Information on Perceptions of Website Quality and Compliance Intentions"
Colorado State University

Michael Braun (2013)
"Aging and Communication Channel Preference, Selection, and Outcome"
Millikin University

Emily Acosta Lewis (2012)
"The effects of privileged television shows on emerging adults' materialism and future life expectations"
Sonoma State University