Communication and Media Studies Department

Communication Learning Outcomes

1.     Students will be able to understand and apply knowledge of human communication and language processes as they occur across various contexts, e.g., interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, organizational, media, gender, family, intercultural communication, technologically mediated communication, etc. from multiple perspectives.


2.     Students will be able to understand and evaluate key theoretical approaches used in the interdisciplinary field of communication. I.e., students will be able to explain major theoretical frameworks, constructs, and concepts for the study of communication and language, summarize the work of central thinkers associated with particular approaches, and begin to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their approaches.


3.     Students will be able to understand the research methods associated with the study of human communication, and apply at least one of those approaches to the analysis and evaluation of human communication.


4.     Students will be able to find, use, and evaluate primary academic writing associated with the communication discipline.


5.     Students will develop knowledge, skills, and judgment around human communication that facilitate their ability to work collaboratively with others. Such skills could include communication competencies such as managing conflict, understanding small group processes, active listening, appropriate self-disclosure, etc.


6. Students will be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.