Broadcasting and Professional Communication


  • To better prepare broadcast and print journalists who can think and write effectively;
  • To prepare students for the field of education by keeping the Communication Arts student up-to-date with speech and theatre innovations;
  • To give the B.A. student a comprehensive background in Speech, to better prepare him/her for graduate study;
  • To give the B.A. student a comprehensive background in Theatre, to better prepare him/her for graduate study.

Broadcasting and Professional Communication Department Goals and Outcomes
The Department subscribes to the behavioral goals established for speech communication by the joint task force created by the American Theatre Association and the Speech Communication Association. Briefly, those goals are:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to predict with accuracy the consequences of communication decisions and behaviors.
  • Ability to manage the following factors in communication situations: selection, development and presentation of ideas, strategies and media to influence human behavior.
  • Ability to evaluate messages on the basis of functional, ethical, and aesthetic considerations.
  • Ability to develop a personal communication style which can be adapted to a variety of communication contexts.
  • Ability to develop skills and attitudes which promote free inquiry, critical listening, receptiveness toward divergent viewpoints, and willingness to support unpopular ideas.

The goals established by the ATA/SCA govern a basic approach to teaching speech, theatre, and broadcasting and depend on the basic principles of our theme—select, arrange, perform.

Majors are required to attend all student and faculty recitals, attend all mainstage productions, and participate in the faculty-student evaluation sessions designated by the faculty. Communication Arts/ Broadcasting majors are required to present a senior recital. (Enrollment in COMM 392, Junior Project and COMM 492, Senior Project, is required). Communication Arts minors are required to present a junior recital, COMM 392.

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