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.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • 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.

Additional outcomes are included on each course syllabus.

Degree Requirements

Associate of Art – Communication (0921)

General Education must include:
COM 10103 Introduction to Communication3
Total General Education hours39
Major Area required courses
COM 11203 Interpersonal Communication3
COM 20103 Intercultural Communication3
Select one of the following two: 
COM 21103 Oral Interpretation
THR 12302 Acting I
COM 25203 Introduction to Mass Communication3
COM 22303 Interviewing3
COM 22103 Small Group Communication3
PSY 26204 Research Methods4
Total major area hours22
Personal elective hours3
Total hours needed to graduate64

Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Communication (0934)
Minor Area required hours15-18

Note: 15-18 hours of COM courses (at least 33% of which must be at the 300-400 level.