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What is Communication Studies?

"The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication" (NCA, 1995).

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"The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry" (NCA, 1995).

"Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent* communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems" (NCA, 1995).

*competent: having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully

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The Communication Studies Program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort introduces students to communication as a field of study: presenting, examining, debating, utilizing / applying various concepts, ideas, forms, theories, and methods of analysis and research associated with the discipline. The program's study promotes the communication scholar's inquiry, utilization, application, and appreciation of both communication knowledge and understanding.