The communication department seeks to provide students with an understanding of the communication process as human symbolic activity, the necessary skills for the application of that process, as well as an awareness of its ethical dimensions.
- To appreciate a theory-based curriculum with roots in the Liberal Arts.
- To apply multiple theoretical perspectives and diverse intellectual underpinnings in the discipline to explain communication phenomena.
- To enhance student proficiency in both oral and written discourse with diverse others.
- To demonstrate systematic inquiry (the process of asking questions and systematically attempting to answer them, and understanding the limits of the conclusions reached).
- To engage in the analysis and practice of ethical communication as a function of enlightened and free choice.
- To demonstrate competency in human relational communication (the basis for faculty-faculty, faculty-student, and student-student relationships, in and out of the classroom as open, honest, and affirming).
- To engage in reflective construction and analysis of arguments and discourse intended to influence beliefs, attitudes, values, and practices.
- To engage in the analysis, interpretation, and critique of contemporary media.