Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire knowledge in the field of communication studies.
    1. Identify and describe the contexts, dynamics, and implications of human communication.
    2. Explain and apply the major theoretical communication perspectives.
    3. Explain the major fundamental values of the discipline and their value in life in the community, workplace, family, and civic participation.
    4. Use appropriate conventional and evolving technologies in public, professional, and interpersonal contexts.
    5. Discuss the presence and implications of additional factors that affect communication, including, among other things: culture, gender, group composition, sexual orientation, leadership, nonverbal communication, family background, situation, environment, and conflict.
  2. Employ critical thinking skills about communication interaction.
    1. Analyze the outcomes and effects of their communication actions and those of other individuals and groups.
    2. Suggest ways to make communication more effective in various communication contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, mass, gendered, intercultural, computer mediated, and leadership.
  3. Explain the concepts of diversity and cross-cultural communication situations and contexts.
    1. Compare and contrast the diverse perspectives and techniques that occur in interactions.
    2. Appraise the effects of diversity and cross-cultural communication in various contexts.
  4. Perform effectively as a public presenter.
    1. Analyze the audience for each public speaking opportunity.
    2. Tailor topic/presentation examples to the audience's needs/expectations.
    3. Meet the time, purpose and expectations of the public presentation event.
    4. Clearly organize, sign, and present ideas.
    5. If needed, work with interpreters in advance to afford awareness of communication preferences and needs of the presenter and the audience.
  5. Perform effectively as a practitioner of interpersonal communication.
    1. Articulate thoughts, ideas, and desires in ways others in small group or one-on-one communication can understand.
    2. Synchronize verbal and nonverbal communication to reduce possible confusion.
    3. Demonstrate active listening and appropriate responses to the verbal and nonverbal communication of other(s) in the one-on-one or small group communication process.
  6. Evaluate the benefits and effects of mass communication channels and sources.
    1. List the functions of mass communication channels and sources.
    2. Describe the functions of mass communication channels and sources in society.
    3. Analyze the benefits and negative effects of mass communication channels and sources in society.