Communication

Scholarships for Communication Majors!

Mission Statement

The Communication program is based on a liberal arts orientation towards student learning, which facilitates critical thinking, analyzing, synthesizing and ethical sharing of information. The overall goal of the program is to nurture lifelong development of the communication competencies students need to enhance their personal development, improve their career options and foster civic engagement. Across courses in the communication program, students acquire critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills, among other life skills that will not only serve them during college but throughout their lives. In an increasingly global society, our aim is to ensure that graduates of the program have excellent communication skills, global knowledge, and community engagement skills that will aid in achieving the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College’s goal of promoting successful lives, careers, and responsible citizenship.

The major serves the general education program; provides the opportunity for an associate of arts degree with a concentration in communication; provides courses to meet requirements in other programs; offers courses that are transferable; and can be selected as a concentration within a comprehensive major.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science -  Comprehensive Major in Communication (0941)
  • Associate of Arts – Communication (0921)
  • Students can also complete a Minor in Communication (0934) – this requires 15-18 credit hours of COM courses (33% of which must be completed at the 300-400 level).

Learning Outcomes

After completing the program, students should be able to:

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions
  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles and questions
  • Engage in communication inquiry/research
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose and context
  • Critically analyze messages
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy)
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices
  • Utilize communication to embrace difference
  • Influence public discourse

For more information, contact Dr. Kay Anne Darlington.