Student Learning Goals and Assessment

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Communication Studies invites students to engage in the theoretically-informed practice of communication in their personal, professional, and public lives. Students who succeed in  Communication Studies can expect to meet the following goals:

  1. Presentations: Give an effective public presentation.
  2. Relationships: Explain the role communication plays in relationships.
  3. Contexts: Explain how context impacts communication.
  4. Research: Engage in meaningful communication research utilizing methods associated with rhetorical criticism and/or performance.
  5. Symbols: Analyze how humans use symbols to communicate.


The Department of Communication Studies is committed to enhancing teaching and learning. The Department has developed and implemented an assessment plan to evaluate student learning and to determine the degree to which students have attained the goals of the program.

  1. Daley, J., Chesebro, J., Duncan, R., Jayes, J., Levin, S., Long, L., Palmerton, P. & White-Newman, J.B. (1995, summer). Final Definition: Defining the field of communication, Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Association of Communication Administrators Summer Conference.
  2. Based on Zarefsky, D. (1995). The roots of American community. The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture. Allyn & Bacon: Boston.
  3. Based on Boyer, E. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professorate. Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.