The Communication Studies Program plays an important role in helping students meet the five major competencies of Gallaudet's new General Studies Curriculum:
- Language and Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Identity and Culture
- Knowledge and Inquiry
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
In addition, the Communication Studies Program has established its own set of major-specific outcomes and assessment measures.
- Communication Studies majors will acquire knowledge in the field of communication studies.
- Identify and describe the contexts, dynamics, and implications of human communication.
- Explain and apply the major theoretical communication perspectives.
- Explain the fundamental values of the discipline and its value in life in the community, workplace, family, and civic participation.
- Use appropriate conventional and evolving technologies in public, professional, and interpersonal contexts.
- Discuss the presence and implications of additional factors that affect communication, including, among others: culture, gender, group composition, sexual orientation, leadership, nonverbal communication, family background, situation, environment, and conflict.
- Communication Studies majors will employ critical thinking skills about communication interaction.
- Analyze the outcomes and effects of their own communication actions and those of other individuals and groups.
- Suggest ways to make communication more effective in various contexts:
- interpersonal communication
- group communication
- organizational communication,
- public communication
- mass communication
- gendered communication
- intercultural communication
- computer-mediated communication
- leadership communication.
- Communication Studies majors will explain the concepts of diversity and cross-cultural communication situations and contexts.
- Perform effectively as a public speaker and practitioner of interpersonal communication.
- Evaluate the benefits and effects of mass communication channels and sources.
- Practice ethical dimensions of communication in personal relationships, in service to the community, and in professional situations
- Integrate and apply knowledge of communication and communication skills in careers and/or graduate education.
Graduates with a degree in communication studies have gone on to graduate school or careers in the following areas:
- College admissions and recruitment
- Communication education
- Community service
- Customer service
- Deaf services
- Event management
- Human resources
- Law office work
- Public opinion research
- Public relations
- School administration
- Volunteer service