College of Liberal Arts
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of senior year, students who major in Communication Studies will be able to:
- Communicate orally in a variety of contexts;
- Communicate in writing in a variety of contexts;
- Apply ethical standards endorsed by the field of communication;
- Identify key theorists and theories in the communication discipline;
- Analyze mediated messages critically;
- Monitor, evaluate, and modify their behavior in a variety of interpersonal contexts so that they function in a civil manner.
To meet these objectives, all majors must demonstrate proficiency in a number of competencies that form the core of the communication studies major.
Written Communication Competency: COMM 204 (Composition Theory and Practice)
Media Literacy Competency: COMM 210 (Media and Society)
Oral Communication Competency: COMM 230 (Public Speaking)
Theoretical Competency: COMM 325 (Art of Persuasion)
Capstone Experience: COMM 498 (Senior Seminar)
Experiential Learning Component: Either three credits of COMM 205/206 (Practicum) or COMM 480 (Internship)
Students then choose a concentration or may pursue an individualized degree in consultation with a COMM advisor. Lastly, students choose two elective courses in communication or approved cognate areas. During the fall of their senior year, students will assemble and present a portfolio of their work to be judged by the communication faculty as a whole.