Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

My Capstone Experience/Thesis project seeks to explore and examine the effects of Facebook on communication between American and international students. The use of social media as a means to communicate with others is increasing at an amazing rate. Facebook has become my generation’s favorite way to communicate with friends and family and “to Facebook” has unofficially become a verb that many college students will use. While social media, such as Facebook and Linked-In, may encourage American college students to communicate with international students beyond the classroom and campus, it seems that Facebook is on the way to becoming a substitute for face to face intercultural interactions. Whether it will enhance or diminish the extent and quality of intercultural communication is an important question to be studied.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Larry Caillouet

Disciplines

Communication | International and Intercultural Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication