Communications (A.S.)

Student Learning Outcomes



Students should have understanding of:


  • Communication as a dynamic and culturally situated interactive process with social, cognitive, and rhetorical dimensions.
  • Mass communication phenomena, their relationship to popular culture, and the role of technology in the information age.
  • The processes and role of academic research as a means of exploring concepts, approaching problems, and framing questions that address broader concerns, and of the relationship between different domains of knowledge.
  • Different goals and modes of oral presentation, and be able to competently express relevant ideas.
  • The practice, process, and ethics of contemporary news reporting and interviewing.
  • The developmental and practical mechanisms of visual Web design and familiarity with various site genres.



Students will demonstrate competence in:


  • Critical thinking and expression in oral, written, and visual modes
  • Vocabulary, concepts, and issues in the mass media, as well as an understanding of the interplay between media and culture.
  • Moving from a focal topic to essay and organizing a presentation sequence in support of a goal; demonstrate relevance and ability to revise one’s work.
  • Conceptual development and oral presentation in various rhetorical and expository modes.
  • Story development and written expression through research, interviews, and appropriate rhetorical and ethical stance.
  • Demonstrate competence in solving problems of graphic design and composition using distinct forms of visual media and production modes.