“Majoring in Corporate Communication has made me a more effective speaker and an empathetic, open-minded listener. Effective communication is at the core of our everyday lives, and each of our successes can be traced to how well we communicate with others. From presenting in class, to collaborating in a group, or to negotiating a multi-million dollar deal with an important business stakeholder: communication is key. I owe many of my successes, including my leadership in Baruch’s Conversation Partners Program, to the various communication courses I have taken in the Department of Communication Studies.”
Marina Del Giacco
“Majoring in Communication Studies was an easy decision for me. I’m a people-person and enjoy interacting with people from all different walks of life. I chose Interpersonal and Group Communication because it strengthens our ability to understand people and situations, have positive and uplifting conversations, and a productive outlook on life. Learning how to understand others and ourselves is a key component in a happy lifestyle.”
“I love my major: Interpersonal and Group Communication. I chose it, expecting to improve my communication skills. Human interaction occurs every day and everywhere, in our personal and professional lives. Communication during these interactions appears simple but is complex, and therefore very important and invaluable to learn. During the lab exercises in Group Communication class, for example, students form groups and learn how to work well together, including with members who have various cultural backgrounds and characteristics.”
Dana Frenkel on Campus Dynamics
Creative Inquiry Day celebrates undergraduate research and creative endeavors at Baruch. During CID 2016, Dana Frenkel (Communication Studies major and Valentin Lizana y Parrague Social Justice Fellow) presented a poster session on “Decoding College Campus Dynamics”. Her study, under faculty mentor Rick Wilkins, associate professor of communication studies, gauged Baruch students’ and professors’ conflicting attitudes and beliefs towards political correctness. Findings suggests that the use of the speech code is associated with increased intercultural apprehensiveness, which can impede students’ overall learning experience.
Group Communication: The Kindness Effect
In COM 3078 Group Communication taught by Elizabeth Minei, associate professor of communication studies, student teams complete a Do-Good Capstone Project. A recent project, the Kindness Effect, conducted by Miriam Yardeni, Dafnie St. Juliette, Marieliz De La Cruz, Juan Huasipoma, and Natia Gvazava called on people to commit random acts of kindness and post about them on Facebook. The project spread as far as Sri Lanka and inspired a professor there to challenge her students to one random act of kindness. Altogether, the group documented over 1465 acts of kindness as a result of their initiative.