Communication and Media Studies Department

Learning Outcomes

The term communication used in the learning outcomes below is used in its broadest sense to include all contexts and modes of communication.

Students of communication and media studies should be able to . . . . .

1. Identify and describe the key characteristics of communication which define the discipline.  Graduates should have a keen understanding that communication is inherently a transactional and collaborative (relational), intentional activity (strategic), involving language and other symbols (symbolism) which is adaptable to context and audience (adaptability).

2. Engage in communication inquiry.  Graduates should be able to interpret, evaluate, and apply communication scholarship. They should also be able to formulate questions appropriate for communication scholarship and engage in scholarship using the research traditions of the discipline.

3. Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context.  Graduates should be able to locate and use information relevant to their audiences, purposes, and contexts, and following best practices, produce and present messages in creative and appropriate forms and technologies to accomplish communicative goals.

4. Critically analyze messages.  Graduates should be able to identify meanings that are embedded in messages, articulate characteristics of mediated and non-mediated messages, recognize the influence of messages, engage in active listening, and enact mindful responses to messages.

5. Demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective about one’s learning and  place as a scholar and professional.  Graduates should be able to illustrate a thoughtful process of self-reflection about one’s development as a scholar and lifelong learner, along with a plan to attain the requisite skills and knowledge to succeed in a chosen career field.

6. Work collaboratively within a group setting.  Graduates should be able to recognize the importance of cooperation, foster open exchange of information, know and perform the various roles of groups, and appreciate diversity within the group setting.