Learning Outcomes & The First Amendment

Department of Communication

Learning outcomes describe the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes the Department of Communication expects of its graduates.
Learning Outcome 1 – Professional Writing
Compose at a professional level, using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and according to the style needs of the specific media platform (e.g., print, online, video, audio, social media) and format (e.g., journalism, public relations, cinema, communication studies).

Learning Outcome 2 – Professional Practice
Produce professional projects by applying practices, techniques, and concepts learned through experiences with audio/video equipment, software applications, internships, and coursework.

Learning Outcome 3 – Research

Create academic research projects addressing communication phenomena using qualitative or quantitative research methods.

Learning Outcome 4 – Theory
Express communication theories in a variety of contexts and the ethical responsibilities inherent within each context.
Learning Outcome 5 – Law and Ethics
Express legal and ethical concepts in mass communication law in the United States and their influences on professional practices.

Learning Outcome 6 – Communication and Society
Evaluate communication’s influences on society and society’s influences on communication at the local, national, and international levels.

Learning Outcome 7 – Diversity
Distinguish various forms of diversity related to communication in the United States and around the world.

Revised July 2019


ACEJMC Professional Values and Competencies


  1. Apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, in a global context, and for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the multicultural history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. Demonstrate culturally proficient communication that empowers those traditionally disenfranchised in society, especially as grounded in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and ability, domestically and globally, across communication and media contexts;
  4. Present images and information effectively and creatively, using appropriate tools and technologies;
  5. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  7. Apply critical thinking skills in conducting research and evaluating information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work
  8. Effectively and correctly apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  9. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  10. 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.