Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meaning within and across all kinds of contexts, cultures, channels and media. It is intertwined with virtually every aspect of our lives and plays an integral role in everything from the development of our personal identities to the processes involved with changing our societies. The Communication Studies Department helps students develop the communication skills necessary to succeed in a variety of contexts as well as the knowledge and ability necessary to critically analyze communication phenomena from a variety of angles. In general, courses in the department examine the forms, modes, media and consequences of communication from a social scientific perspective. Specific areas of emphasis include interpersonal communication, organizational communication and mass mediated communication.