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Student Learning Objectives Communication

Bachelor of Arts

  • Students will be able to describe the communication process; that is, identify and define components of fundamental approaches to interpersonal, public, and organizational communication that bear on how individuals make themselves understood and enable them to achieve their purposes through interaction that takes place in various contexts.
  • Students will discern a multiplicity of intellectual perspectives constituting communication theory and research in various contexts and their relationship to communication practices.
  • Students will be able to analyze communication problems effectively, and propose potentially effective responses in interpersonal/intercultural, organizational, political, and/or health contexts.
  • Students will be able to describe principles of effective audience-based strategies for public speaking; critique speeches on the basis of audience, argument and presentation; develop and perform effective persuasive, informative, and ceremonial speeches.

Master of Arts 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the perspectives, research methodologies, historical development and values of the field of communication, and their understanding of the communication discipline’s relationship to other academic disciplines.
  • Students will be able to analyze and synthesize theory and research related to one or more of the fields of study represented within the Department’s M.A. program.
  • Professionally oriented students will be able to apply knowledge of theory and research within their field of study to understanding and explaining communication phenomena experienced within practical contexts and proposing courses of action designed to achieve relevant communication-related goals.
  • Students with the goal of pursuing further graduate study will be able to apply their knowledge of theory and research to the generation of appropriate research questions, and to the collection and analysis of data designed to answer research questions related to their field of study.

Ph.D.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the perspectives, research methodologies, historical development and values of the field of communication, and their understanding of the communication discipline’s relationship to other academic disciplines.
  • Students will be able to analyze and synthesize theory and research related to one or more of the fields of study represented within the Department’s Ph.D. program
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge of theory and research to the generation of appropriate research questions, and to the collection and analysis of data designed to answer research questions related to their field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate skills in course design, classroom teaching, and evaluation of student performance through exams/papers.