Journalism & Mass Communications


We value the free flow of ideas, diversity of thought, and the First Amendment. We prepare our students to excel in the areas of advertising, journalism, and public relations through the teaching of professional skills and information technologies, concepts of mass communications, creative and critical thinking, and a strong commitment to the highest standards of their chosen profession.

Core Values

  • Enable citizens to become educated consumers of mass media
  • Foster diversity, respect and inclusion
  • Encourage learning by doing
  • Instill professional and ethical standards of practice
  • Teach applied and theoretical perspectives
  • Embrace and teach advanced information technologies
  • Inform and enlighten the public in a democratic society

Learning Outcomes

The School has adopted the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) Eleven Values and Competencies as the School's Student Learning Outcomes

Individual professions in journalism and mass communication may require certain specialized values and competencies. Irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

  1. understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society in relationship to communications;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  5. understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  6. think critically, creatively and independently;
  7. conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  8. write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  9. critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  10. apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  11. apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Assessment of Student Learning BA/MA

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Schedule (doc)

Spring 2011 (doc)
Spring 2010 (doc)
Spring 2009 (doc)
Spring 2008 (doc)

Fall 2007 (doc)

Spring 2007 (doc)

Program Planning Documents


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