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Program Learning Outcomes

The School of Communications exists to help students become professional and scholarly communicators whose messages contribute to a better society by benefiting the organizations for which they work and the audiences they reach.

Effective Communication

Students will be able to communicate effectively with their audiences: Specifically, students will be literate in the language of the media industries, and be able to plan and prepare mass media messages in the appropriate style, using the appropriate research methods and appropriate technologies to best serve audience needs.

Professional Practice

Students will act professionally in their practice: Specifically, students will demonstrate they value freedom of speech in the marketplace of ideas, and be able to practice within legal boundaries, while exhibiting standards of professional behavior and demonstrating sensitivity to ethical behavior.

Mass Communication

Students will be scholars of the mass communication process: Specifically, students will be able to apply the relevant theory to communication practice, understand factors that shape their profession and think critically about the relationship between mass media and society.

Applying Gospel Values

Students will be able to apply Gospel-centered values as they contribute to society: Specifically, students will promote diversity, inclusiveness, and agency in a global society, be able to exercise moral reasoning when faced with ethical dilemmas, and show a commitment to making a difference in their sphere of influence.