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2013-2015 University Catalog 
2013-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communications, Department of

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Department Chair

Diane F. Witmer

Department Office/Website

College Park 400


Carol Ames, Genelle Belmas, William Briggs, Jeff Brody, xtine burrough, Pamela Caldwell, Thomas Clanin, Carolyn Coal, Jim Collison, David DeVries, Emily Erickson, Tony Fellow, Brent Foster, Dennis Gaschen, Beth Georges, Kuen-Hee Ju-Pak, Dean Kazoleas, Cynthia King, Paul Lester, Gail Love, Jay Moon, Coral Ohl, Henry Puente, Jason Shepard, Nancy Snow, Andi Stein, Doug Swanson, Laura Triplett, Edgar Trotter, Diane Witmer, Gerald Wright, Mark Wu, Fred Zandpour


Effective ethical communications are essential for the well being of a democratic society. Thus, there is a need for persons trained in the theory and practice of informing, instructing and persuading through communications media.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in communications:

Functional knowledge

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge for entry into professional practice and/or advanced academic programs

Critical thinking and research skills

  • Apply critical thinking, research and analysis to meet personal, scholarly, and professional goals

Written and oral proficiencies

  • Demonstrate written and oral proficiency appropriate to the entry level of professional practice

Information technology skills

  • Demonstrate effective use of communications tools and technologies appropriate to the entry level of professional practice

Theoretical foundations of communications

  • Apply appropriate concepts, models and theories of communications to personal and professional situations

Diversity awareness

  • Exhibit sensitivity to diversity through communications practices

Historical, legal and ethical foundations of communications

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of historical, legal, and ethical issues that affect professional practices

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-Degree



      Courses are designated as COMM in the class schedule.

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