Mission, Goals, and Learning Objectives

Mission Statement

The general mission of the Communication Studies program is to facilitate students in developing their ability to reason critically, to speak and write effectively, and to understand and appreciate the influences of culture upon their lives. The discipline specific mission of the curriculum is to enhance understanding of the nature, processes and effects of human communication. Multidimensional in its approach, the discipline uses the rich resources of both the humanities and the social sciences in exploring the human capacity for speech – when, where, why, how, and with what effect people interact through language and extralinguistic symbols – and focuses on the theory and practice of human communication in a variety of contexts: interpersonal, intercultural, instructional, organizational, political, in dyads, in small groups, and in the mass media.

Program Learning Objectives (Goals)

  1. Enhanced critical thinking ability.
  2. Enhanced competency in written communication.
  3. Enhanced competency in oral communication.
  4. Enhanced conversation management skills in interpersonal settings.
  5. Enhanced competency in small group settings, both as leader and participant.
  6. Enhanced ability to develop effective message patterns in organizational settings.
  7. Increased understanding of the importance of ethics and values in human communication.

Student Learning Objectives (Outcomes)

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of classical and contemporary human communication theories.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of communication from a variety of philosophical, historical, theoretical and practical perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate an increased sensitivity to multicultural dimensions of communication.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of communication in diverse contexts – interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, and mass media.
  5. Demonstrate enhanced analytical, critical and performance competencies that will assist students in participating effectively in a democratic society. 

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