Communication & Journalism
The Department of Communication and Journalism offers the following areas of study:
Spoken language is the genesis of human intellect and becomes the defining characteristic of our species as the mind is built through conversations with significant others. Judgments are made of character, intelligence and potential upon listening to an individuals talk. The most articulate among us are given positions of power within relationships, groups, and organizations. Language in the grasp of a skilled speaker becomes a powerful tool for influence and leadership. It is for such roles in a myriad of communication channels that we endeavor to prepare our students through advising, coursework, training, activities, and modeling ethical behavior. The media extend our domain beyond the immediate range of our voice to the ether. The power of speech and the range of media mandate that we teach our students to transmit only high quality messages.
As An Academic Unit Within Arkansas Tech University, The Department Of Communication
And Journalism Has A Threefold Mission:
- To teach students and other stakeholders the principles and techniques of effective
communication in various contexts.
- To prepare students for leadership roles within the communication professions, the
region, and the society.
- To enrich the intellectual and cultural experiences of the region through high quality oral performances and media transmissions.
Students Who Complete Our Programs Should Have The Following Competencies:
- Communication competencethe ability to speak, to read, to write, and to listen effectively.
Such competence is essential to continuing personal development and to participating
as an informed citizen in our society. It is also the means by which we acquire, analyze,
construct and transmit ideas.
- Critical thinkingthe ability to analyze issues logically so that one can make informed
decisions in various circumstances.
- Contextual competencethe ability to understand the needs of the situation or environment
and to adapt ones behavior in order to realize ones goals whether in an interpersonal,
group, organizational, public or media setting.
- Leadershipthe ability to assume appropriate leadership roles by ethically applying
knowledge, intelligence and humanity to the needs of the situation, the people concerned,
and the organization.
- Aesthetic sensibilitythe ability to recognize, value, and defend what is quality in human behavior and the performance arts.