Mission Statement and Program Goals

The principal mission of the Communication Department is to provide a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences and strong professional preparation so that students are educated for satisfying lives and successful careers.

Goals of the curriculum help graduates to:

  1. develop a realistic vision of the future so that they may adapt and grow as their professions evolve;
  2. make responsible decisions based on their appreciation of the ethical imperatives of their professions;
  3. manifest sensitivity to, and understanding of, the aspirations of women and men of different ethnic origins;
  4. demonstrate problem-solving competencies that will equip them for positions of leadership;
  5. pursue courses of study at the graduate and professional levels.

As a unit of a metropolitan university, the department is committed to serve the people and the communication professions of Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee through the application of its collective knowledge, skills, and resources.

Diversity Statement

UTC’s Department of Communication is committed to achieving and maintaining diversity in its curriculum, educational environment, and faculty and student populations. This includes creating a supportive climate for the underrepresented and disadvantaged, encouraging the free expression of diverse intellectual and cultural perspectives, and regularly evaluating progress towards diversity goals.

Faculty believe that diversity advances social equality in the communication fields and in society as a whole, empowers individuals to explore and appreciate their unique attributes and life experiences, challenges stereotypes and promotes critical thinking skills, prepares our graduates to communicate effectively to increasingly multicultural audiences, and enriches the experiences of everyone in the academic community. The faculty work to create a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment for underrepresented faculty and students, including ethnic, religious, and racial minorities, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals, the economically disadvantaged, and nontraditional and international students.