Learning Outcomes

Communication Department Learning Goals and Outcomes

There are four main goals for the Communication major, each with an accompanying set of outcomes. They are:

Goal 1: Understanding of Discipline

Students are able to recognize and appreciate core principles of the discipline. This includes an appreciation of the depth of the discipline (beyond our 4 specializations),  the intersections between our specializations, and an ability to recognize presence/non-presence of disciplinary ideas in everyday life.

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Goal 2: Creative and Critical Thinking

Students are able to assess a communication situation and develop appropriate solutions that address the key aspects of that situation. This includes articulating the definition of the situation and justification of decisions made throughout the process.

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Goal 3: Performance Skills

Students are able to demonstrate key skills that are considered central to professional practice, regardless of field of specialization. Students should be able to provide examples of  work completed that demonstrates application of these skills.

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Goal 4: Personal and Professional Identity

Students are able to convey a professional demeanor in a variety of contexts. This includes assessing situations and adjusting behaviors appropriately. In addition, students are able to self-assess their own behaviors/products and are able to gauge the quality of their own performance based on professional standards. Student decisions and descriptions of behaviors should be grounded in a ethical practice and respect for diversity.

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