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Communication (B.A.)

Communication (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop and present high quality oral presentations.
  2. Create and analyze effective arguments.
  3. Apply communication theory to practice.
  4. Understand issues of race, gender, socio-economic status, culture, and power as they affect and are created by communication
  5. Demonstrate competence in additional areas of communication such as organizational/business, rhetorical theory/social change, environmental, gender, non-verbal, and critical cultural theory.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through presentations, papers, exams, and other projects completed in the following required courses: SPC 3210 Theories of Human Communication, SPC 3721 Interracial/Intercultural Communication, History of Rhetoric and SPC 2023 Public Speaking, and in selected upper division required and elective courses, which may include COM 3120, COM 3343, COM 3540, COM 3462, SPC 3543, or SPC 3331.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  2. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.
  3. Identify culturally specific expectations of a given context or communication interaction and adjust one’s own communication to that context.
  4. Engage in authentic, respectful, and effective interpersonal speaking and listening.

Communication skills will be assessed in selected lower and upper division courses, including SPC 2023 Public Speaking, SPC 3721 Interracial/Intercultural Communication, COM 3562 Communication and Conflict, SPC 3350 Listening Theory, COM 3540 Persuasion and Propaganda, COM 3331 Nonverbal Communication, and/or SPC 4932 Senior Seminar/Capstone.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ classic western problem-solving methodology, when appropriate.
  2. Understand the use of “critical inquiry” as a process of critical thinking.
  3. Understand the study of theory as a consideration of perspectives and underlying assumptions in light of a broad set of observations and experiences.

Critical Thinking Skills will be assessed through selected lower and upper division courses, including SPC Theories of Human Communication ,SPC 3517 Principles of Rhetoric and Argumentation, COM 3343 Rhetorical Criticism, SPC 3543 Ecological Communication, COM 3120 Organizational Communication,, SPC 3722 Critical Race Theory, and/or SPC 4932 Senior Seminar/Capstone.