Communication Studies

Program Mission

Communication Studies, a Bachelor of Science program, prepares students for the challenges of a society that is shaped by communication. As participants in the program, students develop and integrate knowledge, creativity, ethical practice, and skills. Students also examine and produce work in oral, written, and visual communication and practice skills in group and intercultural communication.

Educational Objectives

After completion of the Communication Studies program, students should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate communication skills across settings, purposes, and audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication theory and application.
  • Practice critical thinking to develop innovative and well-founded perspectives related to the students' emphases.
  • Build and maintain healthy and effective relationships.
  • Use technology to communicate effectively in various settings and contexts.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and professional ethical behavior.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Students with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical and innovative thinking.
  2. Display competence in oral, written, and visual communication.
  3. Apply communication theories.
  4. Show an understanding of opportunities in the field of communication.
  5. Use current technology related to the communication field.
  6. Respond effectively to cultural communication differences.
  7. Communicate ethically.
  8. Demonstrate positive group communication exchanges.

Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Communication Studies program can be found on the program's web page on the Oregon Tech web site.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

During the 2012-13 academic year, the Communication faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.