Mission, Vision, Values

The School of Communications


Through the integration of liberal and professional education, the School of Communications educates students to possess essential communication skills and to be critical, self-reflective communication professionals, artists, and contributing members of society.

Vision of the Future

The School of Communications (Sch/Com) will be known for its rigorous programs, culture of inquiry and achievement, innovative pedagogical practices, and graduates who are successful in their chosen fields.
The Sch/Com will enhance educational quality by:

  • Attracting and retaining diverse, exceptional, and highly qualified faculty, staff, and students.
  • Increasing interdisciplinary collaboration in students products, as well as between faculty in Sch/Com majors and with other units in the university.
  • Infusing the curriculum and unit activities with international and intercultural perspectives.
  • Providing for flexible and consolidated facilities that help to prepare students for practice in rapidly changing communications fields.
  • Supporting appropriate current and emerging technologies and enhancing student’s critical competencies in their use.



  • The School of Communications is founded upon a principle of the integration of liberal and professional education, and theory and practice.
  • We value communication as a multidisciplinary, as well as interdisciplinary, field of inquiry and professional practice.
  • We value maintaining a strong presence in the General Education program in order to provide access to essential skills and theory in communication.
  • We value an education that prepares graduates to be intellectually aware and professionally prepared.
  • We value face-to-face instruction and interaction, individual attention to each student, and smaller class sizes for effective learning.

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