Our Mission and Program Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement:

The Utah Valley University Communication Department is shaping students to become the industry's next top leaders in Journalism and Media Studies, Public Relations and Communication Studies through courses and engaged learning experiences that are theoretically-driven, innovative, and applied.

The department prepares students with the necessary skills to communicate visually, orally and through written documentation within the context demanded by the business, journalism, marketing, and public relations world. Students are also equipped with a solid ethical foundation and an understanding of diversity, interdependence, and cultural perspectives in the global community. 

Program Learning Outcomes: 

Programs of study in Communication at UVU offer a balance of analytic and applied approaches to study in the field. The department offers an expanding menu of beginning and advanced courses in mass communication, public relations, media studies, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, international communication, organizational communication, and journalism.

1. Foundational Knowledge: Students demonstrate knowledge of the field of communication and the meaning and purpose of communication at the individual, group, and societal level.  

Students with Foundational Knowledge will have the 1) theoretical and general understanding to explore how the concepts, constructs, and principles are interrelated in the field of communication at both a micro and macro level. In addition, 2) students will also be able to demonstrate competency in oral, written, and visual communication. As Foundational Knowledge is often created and applied in groups, students will have the 3) understanding of, and ability to, work productively in teams using acquired knowledge gained in their communication courses. Finally, as Foundational Knowledge is always changing, students will 4) recognize the impermanent nature of knowledge claims in order to initiate and adapt to new approaches of communication. 

2. Professional Expertise: Students Develop In-Depth and Professional Skills in One of Three Content Emphases (i.e., Public Relations, Speech Communication, or Journalism).

In order to obtain Professional Expertise, students will (1) become familiar with, and judiciously examine, both authoritative and non-credible sources of information in order to become a more information literate individual. Further, students will (2) gain an up-to-date understanding of current research findings on a wide cross-section of their specific emphasis by (3) discovering the methodologies and instruments used by both researchers and practitioners. Finally, Professional Expertise requires students to (4) demonstrate and guide verbal and nonverbal messages within interpersonal and organizational situations, in addition to (5) creating effective content across a myriad of mediums while simultaneously targeting specific audiences.

3. Application of Foundational Knowledge and Professional Expertise: Students apply knowledge and expertise to real-world situations and/or research questions. 

The Application of Foundational and Professional Expertise Learning Outcome incorporates several different points. First, students, by the time of graduation, should be able to (1) apply theory and research obtained from course work towards a myriad of situations and scenarios. Further, students should (2) highlight their ability to test and evaluate real-world research findings by (3) demonstrating critical thinking and problem-solving skills through (4) synthesizing divergent research findings and ideas into a cogent and coherent thesis statement. 

4. Diversity and Cultural Perspectives: Students develop an understanding of diversity and cultural perspectives in local, regional, and global society.

Students with an understanding in Diversity and Cultural Perspectives will have the ability to (1) apply ethical principles from the communication discipline obtained via course work by (2) demonstrating their competency in critically analyzing communication problems from multiple and diverse perspectives. Further, students should have the (3) ability to understand, examine, and acknowledge the situatedness of cultural experiences, conflicting opinions, and viewpoints on issues and ethical dilemmas. Finally, by graduation, students will be able to (4) reflect upon the interconnectedness of local, national, and global issues. 

*All course requirements are subject to change based on class year and availability of courses. Additional courses may be required to graduate. Please see your advisor for the most up to date information.

For the most recent course catalog and course descriptions, please click here.


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