Department of Communications

Twelve COMpetencies

“Students attend college to earn a degree but we also want to produce educated and responsible citizens.”

No matter the area of study, students in the Department of Communications will be presented with certain core educational values and competencies in the classes they complete.

Graduates of our program will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply U.S. principles and laws of freedom of speech and press as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  5. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  7. Think critically, creatively and independently;
  8. Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  9. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  10. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  12. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

The First Amendment

The five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment serve as legal rights for citizens of the United States and as a model of aspiration for people around the world.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.