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Faculty Expectations

11 Reasons To Not Be In Communication


1. "I'm already a great communicator; all I need is a degree."

Many people are blessed with natural communication abilities. However, experience does not necessarily equal competence. The faculty is committed not only to further developing your skills but also improving your understanding of the communication process. We are not here to "rubber stamp" anyone. Our expectation is that majors/minors want to enhance their skills and understanding of the communication process.

2. "I really hate math."

For some case work you will have to analyze numeric data which requires a basic math competency. All areas of emphasis require problem-solving skills similar to those used by mathematics. We expect you to develop rigorous analytical skills.

3. "I want someone to tell me exactly how to communicate."

The CP program focuses on developing your thinking skills in order that you can effectively address any future communication problem or situation. We provide general (and sometimes vague) principles that should structure your thinking well into the future. Our expectation is that you will become comfortable solving ambiguous problems.

4. "I love to talk."

Speaking is only part of the communication process. There is also, of course, listening. We stress the intellectual skills necessary to accomplish important tasks. Often, this means repressing natural desire to speak. We expect you to approach the act of communication from a strategic point of view.

5. "I want to sit in class, take notes, and then take the exam."

Our classes are not structured in this manner. Most of the classes involve some sort of group project and guided discussion. We do this in order to provide with you practical experience and foster your intellectual involvement. We expect you to fully participate in group projects and discussions.

6. "I want to make really cool videos."

Great! But that is only one small part of the educational process. We expect you to become adept at a variety of important communication skills.

7. "I want a major that fits with my work schedule."

This is not always possible. Reconciling work, personal and school conflicts is an important life skill. Most classes will involve group work that takes place outside the scheduled class time. Also, we strongly encourage students to augment their study with internship experiences. We expect you to be in class and devote time necessary to properly completing your scholarly obligations.

8. "I want an easy major."

Most students find the courses of Communication demanding both in terms of time and rigor. There are numerous group projects, assignments and casework that should be completed outside the class period. We expect you to work hard.

9. "I love people."

Great! But love is not always enough. For instance, effectively dealing with people also involves providing them appropriate information in the right channels. We expect you to transform your love of people into specific marketable communication skills.

10. "All I want to learn are some specific technical skills."

While the program provides many skills, that is not our focus. We teach fundamental critical thinking and analytical skills within a interdisciplinary context. We expect you to fully embrace the interdisciplinary focus.

11. "I want a supportive environment, free of criticism."

We will provide a supportive environment but it will not be free of criticism. Growth occurs by effectively responding to suggestions for improvement. We expect you to be open to constructive feedback.