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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Student Learning Objectives

The mission of the A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications is to:

  • Pursue knowledge in journalism and mass communications through creative works, scholarly research and innovative teaching.
  • Encourage critical thinking, social responsibility and ethical work while teaching students to develop skills and competencies necessary for their professions.
  • Initiate opportunities to serve the public, the scholarly community, and the communication industries as lifelong defenders of free expression in a dynamic multicultural society.


The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of the nation's few programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, meaning that we strive to excel at the following curricular learning objectives:

  • understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  • think critically, creatively and independently;
  • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.

Download a PDF of the JMC Student Learning Assessment Alignment Matrix

Download a PDF of our 2016-2017 Assessment Report