Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Communication Studies at San José State University is to educate people in competent and ethical communication for meaningful participation in local and global communities.
The Department of Communication Studies engages students in the study and practice of competent and ethical communication in individual, interpersonal, organizational, cultural, mediated, and public contexts.
Program Learning Objectives
Annual Assessment Reports
Learning Objectives Revised 12-1-2008 superseded objectives 2005-2008 (doc)
Program Planning Documents
- Theories of Communication:Demonstrate understanding of the major theories that have shaped the field of communication, including historical developments and current trends.
- Ethics: Demonstrate understanding of ethical and social responsibilities in communicating with others in interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, mediated, and public contexts.
- Research Methods: Demonstrate an understanding of methods of communication research and analysis such as rhetorical, critical, interpretative, performative and social scientific approaches.
- Research Critique: Develop and apply analytical skills for understanding and evaluating communication research studies.
- Theory Applications: Demonstrate the ability to apply communication theory and research in practical contexts.
- Social Responsibility: Demonstrate social responsibility and community engagement in practical applications of communication research that meet obligations of democratic citizens.
1. Conceptual Foundations:
Students will be able to identify, explain, and critique the major paradigms, theories, and conceptual frameworks for understanding communication, and demonstrate an appreciation of the significance of ethics and social responsibility as they engage in communication.
- Paradigms and Theories of Communication: Students will be able to identify, explain and critique the major paradigms and theories that have shaped the field of communication, including their historical development and current trends.
- Ethics: Students will be able to articulate the ethical and social responsibilities in communicating with others in different social contexts (i.e., interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, mediated, and public).
2. Inquiry and Research:
Students will be able to analyze and evaluate published research, and design and conduct communication research studies using quantitative social science, interpretive, critical, rhetorical, and/or performative methods.
- Research Methods: Students will be able to interpret and critique research methods used in published communication research studies.
- Research Design: Students will be able to design and conduct scholarly research using one or more method of inquiry.
3. Professional Practice
Students will be able to demonstrate advanced competency in scholarly writing, oral communication, and the application of conceptual foundations and research methods in professional contexts by designing and conducting applied communication activities.
- Advanced Communication Competence: Students will be able to articulate in-depth understanding of conceptual foundations and research methods through advanced scholarly writing and oral communication.
- Theory and Research Applications: Students will be able to design, facilitate, and evaluate applied communication activities (i.e., presentations, workshops, forums, trainings, group discussions, etc.) in professional contexts utilizing conceptual foundations and research methods.