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

  • 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate critical and innovative thinking.
  2. Display competence in oral, written, and visual communication.
  3. Apply communication theories.
  4. Understand 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.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

The Communication faculty formally assess the student learning outcomes summarized in the annual program assessment report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.

Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Communication Studies program can be found on the catalog web page on the Oregon Tech website,


Dr. Franny Howes, Program Director for Professional Writing
Franny Howes
Department Chair

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