COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication An overview of mass media processes in America; economic, technological issues in contemporary systems. Current problems and criticism. Required first course for all communication arts majors except theatre. Fall and Spring. 3 credits.
COMM 202 Principles of Photographic Art A survey of photographic history and the study of photography as a fine art. It deals as well with the psychological and social place of photographic image making in the contemporary human experience. This course emphasizes the creative control of the camera through a good understanding of the principle of optics and silver emulsions. It also works towards developing refined darkroom techniques towards the production of the fine print, a photograph worthy of being call wall art. Fall and Spring. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 3 credits
COMM 202L Principles of Photographic Art Lab See COMM 202 for description. 0 credits
COMM 302 Advanced Printing and Alternate Processes This course builds on the printmaking skills developed in COMM 202, using toning and bleaching processes, multiple negatives, fiber base papers, etc, to work toward the "fine print," and exhibition quality enlargement. It also works with alternative printing processes, teaching the art of using liquid silver emulsions on a variety of materials, using 19th century printing processes, such as Platinum/Palladium printing, gum bichromate and cyanotype. These require the use of large negatives either made in camera or enlarged from 35mm negatives. this class is primarily lab work, requires a significant commitment of time, and is directed towards the fine arts approach to photography. Spring. Prerequisite: COMM 202, 3 credits
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research This course examines various "ways of knowing" about communication. The course will consist of a review and criticism of the major approaches to communication research and the major theories that have been devised by scholars to explain and predict the processes and effects of human communication. Fall, Spring, and Summer. Prerequisites: COMM 101 and (SPCO 101 or SPCO 102), 3 credits.
COMM 306 Communication Research Methods Qualitative and quantitative research methodology, strategic planning, research design, population sampling, polling and survey strategies, data gathering, analysis, interpretation and reporting, scientific public relations program management. Spring. Prerequisite: COMM 305, 3 credits.
COMM 320 Communication Technology and Society Does communication technology cause social change, or do societal factors cause change in communication technologies? Examination of relationships between mass media and community, and computers and the self. On sufficient demand. 3 credits.
COMM 364 Mass Media Law A study of major facets of mass communications law and their effects upon print, broadcast media and online. Fall and Spring. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 3 credits.
COMM 375 Communication Training and Consulting This course explores the unique application of communication theory and skills to help design effective consultant/trainer programs. by focusing on non-traditional instructional settings, the class will prepare students to develop a plan for assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating communication consultation and/or training for an organization. Fall and Spring 3 credits.
COMM 390 Seminar-Media Criticism A study of all forms of media and development of critical writing skills. Students will look at, and discuss, the way the media work and, more important, don't work. emphasis is placed on discussion. On sufficient demand. 3 credits.
COMM 418 intercultural and International Communication Identification and analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures. Effects of differences in attitudes, social organization, role expectations, language and non-verbal behavior - all of which are interrelated. Principles of communication theory as they apply to the intercultural context will be studied. Spring. 3 credits.
COMM 471 (ENGL 394) Literature and Film The relationship between literature and film, with discussion centering on means of production, finished product, and audience/media relationship and expectations. Students will be asked to write a shooting script and (since basic methods of film production will be explored) those who wish to do so will be encouraged to make a film. Basic equipment will be available. Summer. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 3 credits.
COMM 475 Organizational Communication Study of research findings, theories, and models of communication in organizations; examination of the impact of organizational culture and structure on the communication process, including factors maximizing effective communication and overcoming communication barriers. Fall and Spring. 3 credits
COMM 480 Themes in Communication Studies The specific theme of the course varies each semester, but bridges the several perspectives represented by the five programs within communication arts. Themes presented may include: Distortion (Propaganda, Deception, and Lies), Communication and Social Chage (Campaigns, Crusades, and Agi-Props), Communication and Criticism, Ethical Issues in Communication, Media Effects, Intercultural Communication, Communication and Technology, Ways of Seeing, Semiotics and Communication, Philosophy of language, virtual Realities, Audience and self. Course may be repeated. On sufficient demand. Prerequisite(s): SPCO 101, COMM 101 and third year standing. 3 credits.
COMM 481 Ancient Rhetoric This course encapsulates the history of rhetoric and its symbiotic relationship to the development of philosophy. Beginning with the first attempts to systematize and teachy persuasive argument in Syracuse (5th century B.C.), the course will examine how rhetoric was further defined and developed by Plato and Aristotle. Prerequisite(s): SPCO 101
COMM 482 Rhetoric Criticism This course is designed to develop the student's analytical powers and promote an appreciation and understanding of the process of human communication, which encompasses various reciprocal or interconnected aspects. Among the more prominent of these are cultural identity (i.e., shared symbols), the creation of meaning and its social and historical context. Prerequisite(s): SPCO 101 3 credits.
COMM 490 - 492 Directed Study in Communication Directed study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via Zagweb. Prerequisite(s) SPCO 101 and COMM 101. 0 - 10 credits.
COMM 499 Senior Seminar The senior seminar is designed to assist students' ability to articulate the substance of their major as well as develop a philosophy of communication. In this sense, the seminar will be a capstone on their education here at Gonzaga University. Comprehensive exams are arranged by program directors. the seminar will include majors throughout the Communication Arts Department and may include guest speakers, a written project or performance, writing samples and other completed work, and a philosophical statement of communication. This course must be taken concurrently with BRCI 499, JOUR 499, PRLS 498, SPCO 498 or THEA 499. Spring. 0 credits.