Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes

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What do you learn in communication studies? The major covers three areas, Foundations, Inquiry, and Practice, in which you'll work towards six program learning outcomes.

Foundations are . . .

theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding and evaluating communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding Communication Theories:  Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories that have shaped the field of communication, including historical developments, ethical issues, current trends.
  • Critiquing Communication Theories: Demonstrate the ability to discuss the strengths and limitations of theoretical perspectives on communication.

Inquiry is . . .

research methods that generate and evaluate new knowledge about communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Research Methods:  Demonstrate an understanding of methods of communication research and analysis such as rhetorical, critical, interpretive, performative and social scientific approaches and their ethical implications.
  • Research Application and Critique:  Develop and apply analytical skills and ethical practices for understanding, conducting, and evaluating communication research studies.

Practice is . . .

the use of communication skills and the application of theoretical frameworks and research methods in specific contexts.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication Competence:  Demonstrate the ability to communicate competently and in a theoretically informed manner in a variety of contexts.
  • Social Responsibility:  Demonstrate social responsibility, ethical awareness, and community engagement.