2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Department of Communication, Languages, and Cultures
The Department of Communication, Languages, and Cultures is dedicated to students at Fayetteville State University who are pursuing their academic and professional goals in Communication or Language Studies. We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and the Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Spanish with Teaching Licensure (K-12). Students may also select among minors in Communication, Spanish, and Chinese Language and Culture. The department is committed to producing graduates with practical skills and knowledge that prepare them both for successful graduate study and the work force.
For students interested in communication, our goal is to inspire high-level thinking, research, and creative work on the topic of human communication by employing effective instructional strategies and state-of-the-art technology. Emphasis of study may include courses in speech communication, mass communication, media production, and journalism. Those interested in speech communication may follow paths toward careers in speechwriting and public speaking, communications consulting, conflict negotiation and mediation, consumer advocacy, public relations, organizational communication and training, and human resource management. Careers for those focusing on media might include station management, television, film, and radio production, and news writing, reporting, and editing.
For students interested in languages, the department provides a variety of language courses, including Spanish, Chinese, and French. The department seeks to improve the global readiness of its students, preparing them to communicate effectively in other languages and across cultures in the region and around the globe. Students are taught and mentored by highly dedicated professors from America and around the world who are proficient in the languages they teach, as well as in the cultures that nurture those languages. Our language programs offer rich linguistic and cultural expertise that help promote our internationalization efforts at FSU. Students interested in languages may wish to follow a career as a teacher, translator, interpreter, linguist, foreign correspondent, or work in customer service, public relations, or diplomatic corps.
Departmental facilities and student organizations include the student-run newspaper, The Voice; the student-run internet radio station, Bronco-iRadio; the campus television station, Bronco Studios; the Hispanic Club; the Spanish Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi); and the FSU Debate and Forensics Team. The department also manages a state-of-the-art computer production laboratory and a computer foreign language laboratory.
Learning Outcomes for BA in Communication
All declared majors in Communication will be able to perform the following:
- Demonstrate comprehension of basic theories, principles, and concepts in communication by performing writing analyses and making oral presentations that apply these ideas to real world communication activities.
- Design, report, and discuss a communication research project that is both relevant and significant to Communication as a discipline.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate critically the effects of the media industry and the importance and role of journalism in modern civic society.
Learning Outcomes for BA in Spanish
- Communicate fluently in Spanish.
- Speak fluently in Spanish to be understood by native speakers.
- Listen to and understand Spanish spoken by native speakers.
- Read and comprehend Spanish texts.
- Write diverse texts correctly in Spanish.
- Describe diverse Hispanic cultures, including forms of literary and artistic expression, cultural values, and traditions.
- Analyze Spanish texts of the major genres and periods of Hispanic literature.
- Identify the grammatical and discursive functions of Spanish language structures in a variety of social and cultural contexts.