The department’s mission is to provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate education and professional training in the evolving fields of journalism and mass communication. A solid grounding in the liberal arts, combined with hands-on training in a cross-cultural environment, prepares students for successful careers in media and related fields worldwide. It also enables them to pursue a lifetime of contribution to their communities as critical and creative thinkers, proficient and accurate communicators, and culturally tolerant and responsible members of society.
These outcomes are shared by all programs within the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. All three majors aims to produce graduates who have the ability to:
Understand the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances
Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communication
Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society in relation to communication
Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information
Demonstrate a knowledge of professional ethics and apply these principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
Think critically, creatively and independently
Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communication professions in which they work;
Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communication professions, audiences and purposes they serve
Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness
Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts
Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communication professions in which they work
The curriculum of each major provides learning experiences that will enable students to achieve these outcomes.