The Senior Program

Senior majors in communication participate in an intensive Senior Program, during which they work closely with a faculty member on a one-semester senior project. The project represents a culmination of each student’s undergraduate experience; it synthesizes coursework, research and discussion into a focused statement of intellectual growth and insight. In communication, the project consists of both written and oral components, culminating in a final draft of original research and an oral presentation to students and faculty at the end of the course.

Recent projects in communication include:

  • Julia Beaty, “You’re Too Clingy”: An Examination of Obsessive Relational Intrusion Behaviors and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction
  • Message Strategies in Beer Commercials: A Content Analysis Using Taylor’s 6-Segment Strategy Wheel
  • Unleashing Fifty Shades of Erotica: An Investigation of Fifty Shades of Grey and Perceptions of Sex and Romance
  • The Effect of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation on Varsity-Level Collegiate Athletes
  • Examining Concepts of Public and Private Information and Effects on Relational Satisfaction
  • Perceptions of Student Athletes From the View of Non-Athletes on Division I and Division III Campuses
  • Advice-Seeking and Implementation in a Financial Situation
  • Open Wide...Now Communicate With the Dentist: Affinity-Seeking and Liking in the Dentist-Patient Relationship
  • Jack ‘n Coke: A Content Analysis of Liquor and Soda Advertisements
  • Investigating Participation and Engagement in Online Communities
  • Power Distance: Perception of Inequality in Intercultural Teamwork Among Multicultural Students
  • Verbal Practices of Fandom: Intra-Fanbase and Inter-Fanbase Communication Among National Football League Fans
  • What Does it Mean to Be a Slut? Definitions and Implications at Hamilton College
  • The Cultivation of Fear: An Evaluation of the Correlation Between the Mean World Syndrome Conspiracy Theory Belief Levels
  • Self Through Story: An Exploration of the Chaotic Nature of Identity
  • Self-Perceived Communication Competence of Heritage and Foreign Language Speakers
  • Conflict Mediation and Female College Sports Teams
  • Hegemony in Sports: How Football Dominates the Media While Soccer Struggles for Attention
  • Generational Perceptions of Romantic Relationships
  • Twitter's Impact on the Celebrity-to-Fan Relationship
  • Social Media and Consumer Behavior: The Effects of Engagement on Purchasing Behavior
  • Mobile Advertising's Effects on Consumer Attitudes and Purchase Intentions
  • Child Kidnappings: Society's Chance to Solve a Mystery
  • Expectancies of a Financial Advisor-to-Client Relationship
  • Visual Rhetoric and the Ideograph: A Case Study of the Peace Symbol
  • The Rhetoric of Crash: An Application of the Social Values Approach to Film
  • The Tsunami Story According to The New York Times: A Case Study of the Narrative Structure and Rhetoric of Disaster News Reporting
  • Communicative, Discriminatory and Racial Issues Faced by Foreign Athletes in American Professional Sports
  • Contextual Differences in Language: A Study of the Hamilton College Community
  • The Construction of an Unattainable Ideal: Exploring the Influences of Fashion Advertisements on College Women
  • Space, Politics and Heroes: A Study of the Rhetorical Construction of Heroism in the Beginnings of the U.S. Space Program
  • The Changing Faces of College Admissions: An Analysis of Use of Marketing Strategies in the Communicative Events of Admissions
  • Hamilton Culture: An Ethnographic Study of Hamilton College's Orientation Program
  • Imagineered Community: A Lost Student's Account of Walt Disney World
  • "Non-Standard" Varieties and their Symbolic Capital
  • Cohesion Through Language: A Qualitative Study on the Significance of Slang and Personal Idioms in Group and Couple Cohesion
  • Changing Communication Culture: The Impact of Socially Interactive Technologies on Interpersonal Relationships
  • Why So Quiet? Examining the Participation of Non-native English Speaking Students in the Classroom
  • Virtual Worlds: A ‘Second Life’ Chance for Community
  • Presidential Campaigns in the Digital Age: The Impact and Integration of the Internet on American Presidential Campaigns and Elections
  • Myth or Truth? The Communication of Superstitions and Social Facts