Communication Studies (BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Practices: Students communicate effectively and thoughtfully critique the communicative practices of others

  • 1.1 Students will be able to distinguish between effective and ineffective communication practices.
  • 1.2 Students will compose clear, precise, and well-written arguments.
  • 1.3 Students will produce and perform insightful, clear, and well-organized speeches.

2. Perspectives: Students interpret, critique, and advance theoretical and historical arguments about communication

  • 2.1 Students will critically relate historical and/or theoretical perspectives to contemporary communication practices.
  • 2.2 Students will generate and defend sophisticated interpretations of primary historical and/or theoretical texts relating to communication.
  • 2.3 Students will insightfully critique theoretical and/or historical arguments about communication.

3. Contexts: Students understand the role of communication in society as well as in specific contexts important to them

  • 3.1 Students will analyze and assess a unique communication situation as well as compose and perform a message appropriate to it.
  • 3.2 Students will participate effectively in democratic modes of discussion, decision making, or discourse (debate).
  • 3.3 Students will recognize how power and influence are negotiated in interpersonal and/or cultural discourse.

4. Analysis: Students understand themselves as independent learners and engage in significant self-motivated analysis and research

  • 4.1 Students will compose evaluations and analyses of literature within the field of communication studies in a sophisticated way.
  • 4.2 Students will formulate and execute an independent research project
  • 4.3 Students will interpret and evaluate communicative exchanges and/or rhetorical artifacts with analytic precision.