The Department of Communication and World Languages

 

Preparing for the Future

What Can Study in Communication or World Languages Do For You?

In today’s rapidly changing job market, career success requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Understanding how communication works within organizations, small groups and between individuals has also been identified as essential.  Employers consistently cite communication skills as the major requirement for success in professional careers.

1.  Knowledge of Human Cultures & the Physical and Natural World;
2.  Intellectual & Practical Skills including: inquiry and analysis, critical / creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork and problem solving;
3.  Personal & Social Responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement—local and global; intercultural knowledge and competence; ethical reasoning and action, foundations and skills for lifelong learning;
4.  Integrative Learning, including: synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies. (10)

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(1) Fisher, A.  (1999, March 1).  “Ask Annie.”  Fortune, 244.  Cited in Betsy Stevens, “What Communication Skills Do Employers Want?  Silicon Valley Recruiters Respond,” Journal of Employment Counseling March 2005. Vol. 42, p. 2  (pp. 2-9).
(2) National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2002). Job Outlook 2002 Bethlehem, PA.
(3) Winsor, J.L., Curtis, D.B., & Stephens, R.D. (1997). National preferences in business and communication education: A survey update. Journal of the Association for Communication Administrators, 3, 170-179. 
(4) Graduates are not prepared to work in business. (1997, June). Association Trends, 4.
(5) Betsy Stevens, “What Communication Skills Do Employers Want?  Silicon Valley Recruiters Respond,” Journal of Employment Counseling March 2005. Vol. 42, p. 2  (pp. 2-9).  
(6) Diamond, R. (1997). Curriculum reform needed if students are to master core skills. The Chronicle of Higher Education, B7, August
(7) Katherine Mangan, “M.B.A.’s May Need More ‘Soft Skills.’” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 17, 2007 vol 53, Issue 50, p. A10.
(8) Betsy Stevens, “What Communication Skills Do Employers Want?  Silicon Valley Recruiters Respond,” Journal of Employment Counseling March 2005. Vol. 42, p. 2  (pp. 2-9).   (9) “Trends and Emerging Practices in General Education,” Based on a Survey Among Members of The Association of American Colleges and Universities, Conducted by Hart Research Associates, May 2009.  See: www.aacu.org
(10) Executive Summary with findings from Employer Survey, “College Learning for the New Global Economy,” from the National Leadership Council For Liberal Education and America’s Promise,  2007, Association of American Colleges and Universities. See www.aacu.org
(11) See The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and  http://www.p21.org/ .

"Presentation skills are worthy of extreme obsessive study."
--Management guru, Tom Peters

 

 

 

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