Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Dr. William Kramer


Modern students are experiencing problems novel to the college environment. Much emphasis has been placed on learning in the classroom and the interactions with other students and professors, but this research has neglected features intrinsic to the student in question. The current study evaluates the student’s communication climate (or Connected Communication Climate Inventory (CCCI) score) within their classrooms as it relates to the relationship between key personality traits (i.e. Extraversion, Intellect/ Imagination, and Neuroticism) and their willingness to communicate (WTC) in those settings. College students have been given assessments to evaluate the prevalence of distinct personality traits and their relationships with distinct classroom contribution patterns. This has been compared to their perceived comfortability (i.e. CCCI) in order to understand whether patterns of perception can attenuate or override personality traits. Ultimately, the impact of this research works to measure the impact of a student’s characteristics on their perception of the interpersonal interactions and relationships they hold within their courses.