Department of Communication

Mission Statement

The Department of Communication strives to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to be critically engaged citizens. Our program of study develops students' theoretical, technological, and rhetorical skills needed to achieve their professional and personal goals. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of our department reflects the complexity of a world facing challenges best addressed by skilled communicators.

Goals

The following is a list of goals that communication majors are expected to meet. The matrix provides information about courses where the goal is met and the student is likely to produce an artifact appropriate to use in his/her senior portfolio. Please note that these goals may be met in other courses and students will be encouraged to consider artifacts from other courses as well for their portfolio.

 

Objectives of all Communication Undergraduate Majors (COMI and COMM)

Objective 120 212 248 253 300 303 308 310 312 314 316 318 324 325 330 333 331 332 334 337 338 410 422 471 480
Be able to articulate the historical traditions of the discipline;         X            
   
                   
Be aware of and skillful in the use of new technologies relevant to your major;
X
     
X
     
   
 
X
X
X
X
       
X
Be able to explain communication concepts and theories relevant to your major;  
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
     
X
X
X
X
           
X
X
   
Be able to explain, evaluate and apply the processes involved in productive conflict in the contexts (interpersonal, small group, organizational, mediated, public) relevant to the major;  
X
     
X
       
X
X
 
             
X
X
 
Demonstrate awareness of diverse perspectives;  
X
   
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
   
X
         
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X
X
   
Be a competent reader, speaker, writer, and listener (a course artifact may mean one or more of these).  
X
   
X
X
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X
 
X
X
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X
   
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X
 

Courses in bold are required courses

Objectives for Media and Public Major (COMM)

Objective 248 250 253 300* 318 330 332 333 334 337 338 401 421 422
Identify and analyse the interrelation among media economics and relevant institutions and agencies;  
X
                       
Critically analyze media and public communication;
X
X
X
 
X
X
       
X
X
X
X
Identify and analyze instances of the interdependent relations between media and society;  
X
     
X
           
X
X
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the terminology of mediated and public communication; and
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
         
X
 
Identify and analyze the form, structure, and techniques of mediated or public texts in their entirety, and consider how they function in a larger context.
X
 
X
 
X
   
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X
   
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X
 

Courses in bold are required courses

Objectives for Interpersonal and Organizational Major (COMI)

Objective
212
310
320
324*
410
Evaluate interpersonal and/or group interactions (a course artifact may meet either context);
X
X
X
   
Communicate competently (effectively, appropriately, ethically) interpersonally and/or in groups (a course artifact may meet either context).
X
X
X
 
X

Courses in bold are required courses