Majors, Minors & Degrees:
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) are academically equivalent within the department. Students who major in Communication Studies must also complete another major or minor in another discipline.
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of communication in a variety of contexts.
- Effectively utilize communication theories to understand the social world.
- Communicate competently (oral)
- Demonstrate clarity of thought;
- Create and deliver effective presentations;
- Participate competently in group discussion and dialogue;
- Listen effectively;
- Identify appropriate communication strategies for various groups and organizational and cultural contexts
- Communicate competently (written)
- Effectively organize written presentations (introduction, logical development of points, transitions, conclusion);
- Utilize appropriate language style for the purpose and audience (vocabulary level, sentence structure and length, stylistic techniques);
- Use appropriate language mechanics (punctuation, spelling, usage, accurate word choice).
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake research in the discipline of communication.
- Read and understand research reports;
- Write literature reviews and critical analyses of research and theory;
- Utilize APA style appropriately;
- Design and complete a research project; write a research report.
- Describe a research question;
- Write a literature review that synthesizes information;
- Utilize a theory to guide the work;
- Describe research methods (i.e., surveys, interviews, etc.);
- Discuss findings and their relation to a literature review;
- Discuss implications/directions for future research.