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Communication Learning Outcomes

Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our Communication program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.

Learning Outcomes

Communication Learning Outcomes

The Communication Department at Saint Xavier University has adopted the nationally recognized National Communication Association's Learning Outcomes in Communication project as the learning outcomes for the major. As a student of Communication at Saint Xavier upon graduation you will be able to do the following:

Describe the communication discipline and its central questions.

  • Explain the origins of the communication discipline
  • Summarize the broad nature of the communication discipline
  • Categorize the various career pathways for students of communication
  • Articulate the importance of communication expertise in career development and civic engagement
  • Examine contemporary debates within the field
  • Distinguish the communication discipline from related areas of study
  • Identify with intellectual specialization(s) in the communication discipline

Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts.

  • Explain communication theories, perspectives, principles and concepts
  • Synthesize Communication theories, perspectives, principles and concepts
  • Apply communication theories, perspectives, principles and concepts
  • Critique communication theories, perspectives, principles and concepts

Engage in communication inquiry

  • Interpret, evaluate and apply communication scholarship
  • Formulate questions appropriate for communication scholarship
  • Engage in Communication scholarship using the research traditions of the discipline
  • Differentiate between various approaches to the study of communication
  • Contribute to scholarly conversations appropriate to the purpose of inquiry

Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context

  • Locate and use information relevant to the goals, audiences, purposes and contexts
  • Select creative and appropriate modalities and technologies to accomplish communicative goals Adapt messages to the diverse needs of individuals, groups and contexts
  • Present messages in multiple communication modalities and contexts
  • Adjust messages while in the process of communicating
  • Critically reflect on your own messages after the communication event

Critically analyze messages

  • Identify meanings embedded in messages
  • Articulate characteristics of mediated and non-mediated messages
  • Recognize the influence of messages
  • Engage in active listening
  • Enact mindful responding to messages

Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy)

  • Identify contexts, situations and barriers that impede communication self-efficacy
  • Perform verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors that illustrate self-efficacy
  • Articulate personal beliefs about abilities to accomplish communication goals
  • Evaluate personal communication strengths and weaknesses

Apply ethical communication principles and practices

  • Identify ethical perspectives
  • Explain the relevance of various ethical perspectives
  • Articulate the ethical dimensions of a communication situation
  • Choose to communicate with ethical intention
  • Propose solutions for (un)ethical communication
  • Evaluate the ethical elements of a communication situation

Utilize communication to embrace difference

  • Articulate the connection between communication and culture
  • Recognize individual and cultural similarities and differences
  • Appreciate individual and cultural similarities and differences
  • Respect diverse perspectives and the ways they influence communication
  • Articulate one's own cultural standpoint and how it affects communication and world view
  • Demonstrate the ability to be culturally self-aware
  • Adapt one's communication in diverse cultural contexts

Influence public discourse

  • Explain the importance of communication in civic life
  • Identify the challenges facing communities and the role of communication in resolving those challenges
  • Frame local, national and global issues from a communication perspective
  • Evaluate local, national and global issues from a communication perspective
  • Utilize communication to respond to issues at the local, national and global level
  • Advocate a course of action to address local, national and global issues from a communication perspective
  • Empower individuals to promote human rights, human dignity and human freedom

Curriculum Map

Communication Curriculum Map

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the Communication Curriculum Map (PDF).