Learning Outcomes & The First Amendment

Department of Communications

University of North Alabama

Revised July 2019


Learning outcomes describe the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes the Department of Communications 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.


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.