The Communication department provides a broad base of theoretical and practical coursework in the communications industry. In addition to completing the foundation courses and learning the use of technology across the field, students choose a concentration area to develop skills suited to their particular career interests. The program has audio and video production studios and a post-production suite and provides hands-on learning with The Talon news network.
In addition to the general degree requirements stated earlier in this university catalog, Communication majors will be expected to meet the following outcomes.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively from diverse perspectives using oral, written, visual, and technological skills. (CO 181 , CO 182 , CO 225 , CO 391 , CO 235 , CO 331 )
Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and history of media and communication research. (CO 427 , CO 436 , CO 452 , CO 415 )
Create innovative, real-world communication projects that persuade, inform, or entertain. (CO 425 , CO 427 , CO 415 , CO 499 )
Demonstrate an ability to examine ethical decision-making from diverse perspectives. (CO 225 , CO 360 )
The outcomes for the Communication major are assessed through a combination of written and performance examinations, written and performance assignments, and a portfolio (Advertising/Public Relations, Sports Communication, Film & Digital Media) of completed projects. The portfolio reflects assignments completed throughout the course of the program. The portfolio is constructed in CO 499 - Senior Seminar (3) and reviewed by communication faculty members and professionals in the communication community. The portfolio is formally presented at the end of the spring semester prior to graduation.