Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts Learning Objectives

There are four primary learning objectives at John Carroll University's Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. Throughout my four years, I've used these as a benchmark to analyze my personal growth in the communications realm. The departmental learning objectives have come to light through classwork, papers, school projects and work related projects. 

Each learning objective is highlighted below, accompanied with an example of how it was manifested throughout my college career:

1. Create messages in a variety of media and arenas, critically and creatively

Through courses like integrated marketing campaigns and branding, I was able to work on university related projects such as developing a social posts for a Cleveland-based online jewelry shop and re-branding JCU's Career Center by developing strategic brand guidelines and an updated brand strategy. For the jewelry shop, I learned how to create eye-catching visuals for potential consumers, which can be found in the Gallery below.

For JCU's Career center, I learned to think creatively with my group members and form a new brand strategy, guidelines and logo, among others. This can be found in the Branding Project button below:

2. Present and/or advocate ideas ethically and effectively for a variety of audiences

During my interpersonal communications and speech courses, I learned how to better formulate my thoughts into oral presentations, understanding that simplicity and conviction are two "musts" for a well-delivered speech. 

Through my argumentation and debate course, I had the chance to focus on and advocate for higher minimum wages and argue for the implementation of a cost of living. During this course especially I was able to get a better understanding of ethics in the world of media. I learned how to properly debate and present my ideas based off of my ethical analyses. 

3. Evaluate messages using critical and ethical analysis


4. Analyze how audiences receive, interpret and react to messages

During my communications ethics course, I studied the philosophies of Aristotle with his "Golden Mean" and John Stuart-Mill with his idea of Utilitarianism. I was able to use critical and ethical analysis to determine the ethical or unethical actions of complex case studies. Furthermore, I've written my own personal Code of Ethics, which can be found here: 

JCU's interpersonal communications and communication analysis courses taught me most about analyzing how audiences receive, interpret and react to messages. Through lectures and class time with international students, I was fortunate enough to learn how various cultures interpreted messages differently. 

In communication analysis, I was able to study the slogan "Make America Great Again," focusing on its ideological implications as an ideograph. I studied how the ideograph MAGA was perceived by the public, and studied in depth how audiences react to messages. This taught me to pay more attention to how messages can be perceived and the importance of rhetorical analyses. My my project can be found here: