Learning Outcomes

Learning Goals for Graduates upon Graduation in Communication Studies

Related to communication discipline and disciplinary knowledge…

·       Knowledge of communication scholarship in multiple subdisciplines

·       Knowledge of classical and contemporary communication theory (breadth) -Traditional

·       Knowledge of several communication theories (depth: ability to speak and write about them and connect them to experience and coursework) -Traditional

·       Knowledge of organizational communication theory (depth) -Accelerated

·       Knowledge of communication scholarship in organizations and at least one other context -Accelerated

·       Skill in articulating the role and relevance of communication in everyday life—including in reference to a liberal education, a Jesuit education, in personal life, and in professional life

Related to (communication) research methods…

·       Knowledge of the communication research process(es) and various research methods

·       Skill in finding and synthesizing communication research/literature for general and academic audiences

·       Skill in conducting research at a basic level (ask/answer research questions) from at least two methodological perspectives

Related to communicating…

·       Skill in constructing and presenting their ideas in written and oral form for general and academic audiences

·       Skill in utilizing communication to work with others 

·       Skill in “critical thinking,” in terms of analyzing messages and evaluating the arguments and research of others and in synthesizing information from diverse sources and using that information to analyze complex social/communicative issues of contemporary life

Related to being liberally educated, whole people in the Jesuit tradition

·       Knowledge of (and openness to) the diversity of the surrounding world, including the intersections of communication with social justice and forms of oppression related to social identity

·       Ability to be men and women for and with others

·       Ability to connect communication and social consciousness to become active citizens in their community(s) of choice

·       Ability to respect divergent points of view…sensitivity to and appreciation of how communication practices are shaped by social identity

·       “Ability to respond to life with critical intelligence”

·       Ability to reflectively, purposefully and strategically think through self presentation and social action

·       Ability to live ethically in recognition of the role and power of communication (rhetorical, organizational and interpersonal) in creating our social world