Communication and Media Studies

Learning Outcomes

The CMS major is guided liberal arts learning objectives and by the learning outcomes developed by the National Communication Association (NCA).*

Liberal Arts Learning Objectives

  • Produce and engage in analytical thought
  • Open, respectful, and clear communication
  • Developed aesthetic insight
  • Honed ethical sensitivity
  • Strong civic responsibility

NCA Learning Goals: at the end of their course of study CMS majors will be able to:

  • Describe the communication discipline, the media studies sub discipline, and their central questions
  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Engage in communication inquiry
  • Create message appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Critically analyze messages
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices
  • Utilize communications to embrace differences
  • Influence public discourse

*NCA Learning Outcomes Project 2015