Communication Studies is an academic discipline that deals with processes of human communication. It describes, explains, and depicts the various elements that influence communication such as age, gender, culture, settings, and circumstance. Courses in Communication Studies challenge students, broaden their views, and help themdevelop increased skill and awareness of communication practices. The primary role of Communication Studies is to help students acquire the communication skills that will equip them to live and work effectively, creatively, and responsibly in a variety of social contexts and in a variety of relationships.
The curriculum focuses on preparing students with basic concepts in Speech Communication, which provides the foundation pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Courses will also satisfy requirements for general education at both the two and four-year institutions. Students planning to major in a communications field should prepare themselves with courses that complement that major.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Communication Studies Program will be able to:
- Apply appropriate communication skills across settings, purposes, and audiences.
- Practice critical thinking to develop innovative and well-founded perspectives related to the communicated message.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively deliver formal and informal oral presentations to a variety of audiences in multiple contexts.
- Demonstrate the ability to construct effective written messages in various formats and styles to a variety of audiences
Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.