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Learning Outcomes

The Communication Department Mission is to develop core competencies in oral, written and visual communication for our interdisciplinary program. All students should have a basic competency in each of these areas in order to enhance their effectiveness in their chosen communication area of emphasis. Students should have a conceptual grasp of the major communication theories and the impact of technology on the communication process.

Basic Competencies

  • Development of visual communication skills and concepts at a level appropriate to the student's area of emphasis.
  • Development of verbal (oral) communication skills and concepts at a level appropriate to the student's area of emphasis.
  • Development of written communication skills and concepts at a level appropriate to the student's area of emphasis.

Critical Thinking

  • Development of information management skills, including searching, evaluating, organizing, and presenting information appropriate to the student's area of emphasis.
  • Ability to design, select appropriate methodologies, conduct, and report communication research according to standard protocols.
  • Understanding of legal and ethical aspects of professional communication.
  • Ability to plan, design, and evaluate communication strategies appropriate to message, communications medium/technology, and context.

Professional Applications

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and clients in a team-based environment to analyze problems and design and evaluate solutions.
  • Ability to assemble, organize, and present a portfolio of professional communication materials appropriate to the student's area of emphasis.
  • Ability to effectively synthesize images, text, and oral communication in order to achieve a professional objective.