Communication Studies: Getting Started


This guide will point you towards credible sources of information on topics related to Communication Studies aka COMM. Communication Studies looks at communication between individuals, in small-groups, among cultures, and in business and public speaking settings; as well as mass media and new media as well. Studying it will help you to understand, and apply, various methods of both informing and persuading. 

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