Learning Outcomes

A significant part of your learning, both in individual courses and your entire program of study, will consist of achieving a level of mastery around specific content objectives. As such, the graduate curriculum is designed to enable students to be communication theorists, researchers, and practitioners with particular subject matter expertise.

Conceptual Foundations

1. Students will evaluate communication-related theories, their philosophical assumptions, and their potential for developing knowledge.

2. Students will distinguish the ethical implications (e.g., positionality, racial equity, social justice, accessibility, and citational politics) among specific communication-related theories, modes of inquiry, and practices.

Inquiry and Research

3. Students will justify modes of inquiry used for communication research and creative activity.

4. Students will propose scholarly research and/or creative activity of their own, employing one or more modes of inquiry.

Practical Application

5. Students will produce advanced scholarly writing that considers inclusivity amid disciplinary conventions. 

6. Students will argue their intellectual and creative contributions in scholarly conversation. 

7. Students will articulate practical application of the knowledge generated from communication research and/or creative activity (e.g., policy, pedagogy, activism).


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