At the conclusion of their studies, Communication majors will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
1. Theoretical, Critical, and Historical Approaches: Students will demonstrate the ability to think analytically about contemporary and historical issues in media studies and human communication.
2. Speaking: Students will demonstrate the ability to research, organize, and deliver an effective oral presentation.
3. Writing: Students will demonstrate the ability to research, organize, and write articles and papers in a variety of styles.
4. Visual Communication: Students will demonstrate visual literacy through the ability to understand symbolism, aesthetics, and composition.
5. Career Preparation: Students will demonstrate the ability to obtain and perform a position in the communication industry.
1. Theoretical, Critical, and Historical Approaches: Students complete required courses in Introduction to Human Communication, Introduction to Media Studies, and Seminar in Communication where they take exams, write papers, and complete a senior thesis which includes an original research study.
2. Speaking: Students complete a required Public Speaking course and also deliver a 20-30 minute oral presentation as part of the department’s required capstone course (COMM 490).
3. Writing: Students complete a required Media Writing course which includes writing assignments for print, broadcast, and online journalism, and public relations and advertising copy.
4. Visual Communication: Students complete a required Visual Communication and Design course and are assessed through oral reports/research presentations, journals, and individual projects which may include development of working websites.
5. Career Preparation: Students complete a required internship where they work in the communication industry and write a final comprehensive paper and/or present a portfolio of their work.
Communication majors also take a questionnaire administered by the department to all graduating seniors.