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Department of Communication and Media

Program Learning Outcomes

Communication & Media Department-Wide Assessment Goals

Students will communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
To demonstrate proficiency, students will complete assignments throughout the curriculum focused on speaking publicly, interpersonally and professionally. Students will also demonstrate communication proficiency by effectively using media technologies to communicate in various contexts.

Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
To demonstrate proficiency, students will complete assignments throughout the curriculum focused on professional, popular and scholarly writing and research.

Students will demonstrate an ability to understand current communication realities by applying diverse communication theories.
To demonstrate proficiency, students will critically evaluate and synthesize research, analyze structure and develop unique arguments containing supporting positions.

Students will be able to consume and apply scholarly materials and statistics to gain a greater overall understanding of epistemology in the field of communication.
To demonstrate proficiency, students will complete assignments focused on designing research questions, developing research goals, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting that information to produce a finished research project.

Students will demonstrate an understanding and an ability to evaluate international and cultural influences on communication, human interaction, and media consumption.
To demonstrate proficiency, students will complete assignments, participate in discussions in the classroom and immerse themselves in intercultural fieldwork to gain exposure to ways of thinking beyond their current ideology. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities during the course of curriculum completion.

Students will become ethically responsible communicators, with an emphasis on technological influences on the study and practice of communication.
To demonstrate their proficiency, students will exhibit an awareness of ethical issues and how to address these issues through a communicative frame.

Students will demonstrate their preparation for employment and/or graduate school by participating in experiential learning.
To demonstrate proficiency, students will complete experiential components in the classroom as well as through internships, co-ops, extracurricular activities, study-abroad opportunities and/or professional portfolio development.