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Communication Program / Learning Goals


  1. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation of the foundation of the First Amendment and ethical issues in the media.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and independently.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for scholarly research as well as the communication professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communication, as well as an understanding of the diversity of people and cultures and of the significance of mass communication in global society.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to gather and critically evaluate in-depth information from diverse sources.
  6. Students will develop an understanding of the history and development of communication technologies and processes and the ways in which this history has affected individuals and society. In addition, they will be able to analyze effectively the potential consequences of newly emerging technologies.

Public and Professional

  1. To apply research skills and critical thinking to communication in a sustained argument or discussion.
  2. To structure messages for specific audiences and develop ideas with appropriate supporting materials.
  3. To improve oral and physical delivery in public and group contexts.

Speech and Hearing Science

  1. To apply the skill of hearing speech sounds to the process of phonetic transcription.
  2. To apply theories of speech and language development to data collected from a normal child.
  3. To understand the science of speech and hearing, including acoustics, speech perception and anatomy and physiology.
  4. To understand the principles of audiology.
  5. Graduating students will apply for and gain admission to graduate programs in Speech and Hearing Science.

Public Relations/Advertising

  1. To provide the student with an understanding of what strategic communications and specifically public relations and advertising are and do.
  2. To provide the student with an understanding of the appropriate applications of theories and concepts from the disciplines of communication, psychology, sociology and political science.
  3. To provide the students with an understanding of the tools used to measure and influence public opinion.

Media Communication

  1. To learn how to apply social science research findings, critical theories, and methodologies related to the impact of mass media on American society and culture.
  2. To understand local and global impact of new communication technologies on political, social, and economic institutions.
  3. To understand the decision-making process in mass media organizations focusing on the organization, economic, technological, and societal constraints on decision-makers.
  4. To learn media ethics, law and regulation, and cultural diversity that will train them to become responsible media practitioners.
  5. How mass media are produced, reproduced, consumed, and constructed within cultural context.
  6. To learn how to conceptualize, develop, plan, and execute a media or multimedia project through the phases of production: pre-production, production, and postproduction.​

Page last updated: December 14, 2020