Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications is to prepare our graduates to be successful professionals at the beginning of and throughout all phases of their chosen careers in mass communications.

We expect our graduates to achieve the following learning objectives as outcomes of their education in our majors and programs:

 

  1. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press as stated in the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution and understand the meaning of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications; 
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  5. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  7. Think critically, creatively and independently;
  8. Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  9. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  10. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  12. Apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.