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COMM 184 Communication, Culture and Society Core course for the major that examines the philosophical, economic, and technological forces that have shaped communication innovations and practices.  Subjects covered include interpersonal communication, the news industry, advertising, propaganda, semiotics, popular culture, modernity, and myth.  Fall and Spring. 3 credits.

COMM 234 Nonverbal Communication  Comprehensive study of the role of nonverbal communication in interpersonal relationships. Current research, discussion and exercises are used to understand the definition and importance of nonverbal communication as a social semiotic. Spring

COMM 244  Interpersonal/Small Group Communication Study of interpersonal and small group communication behaviors, research and theory. Practice and application of theory. Fall

COMM 254 Popular Culture Students will examine various aspects of popular culture including advertisements, clothing, toys & games, and other relevant texts from online, print, film, and television media. Students will explore the development of cultural studies and learn historical and critical methods for the analysis of popular culture. Fall

COMM 264 History and Rhetoric  This course covers the development and systematization of persuasive argument from the classical era to the present.  Fall

COMM 280  Communication Theory  This course examines various "ways of knowing" about communication. The course consists of a review and criticism of the major theories that have been devised by scholars to explain the processes and effects of human communication. Fall and Spring

Upper Division

COMM 321  Advanced Public Speaking  A concentration on various forms of public address. Frequent speeches given before the class. Fall and Spring.

COMM 331  Argumentation and Debate  Examination of the fundamentals of advocacy including argumentation theory, techniques of persuasion, refutation, and cross-examination. This course is open to both debate team members and anyone interested in improving argumentation skills. Fall and Spring.

COMM 364 Persuasion  Theory and practice of effective persuasive techniques. Fall and Spring

COMM 374  Society, Cyberspace and the Law  This course examines the social and political ramifications of regulations and laws on all forms of communication, from traditional discourse to social media, including the blogosphere and beyond. Once every 2 semesters.

COMM 380  Communication Research Methods  This course surveys qualitative and quantitative methodologies used to examine human communication and other cultural phenomena.  Fall and Spring

COMM 381  Ethnography  Ethnography is a research methodology teeming with possibilities for using writing and qualitative interpretation to understand human communication.  Students will employ various ethnographic methods including participant observations, field studies, interviews, focus groups and archival research.  Researchers using ethnography can fully appreciate the humanistic and aesthetic aspects of a culture or co-culture while employing the social scientific tools of inquiry.  As this course will also be cross-listed as a social justice course, the research will cultivate ethnographic relationships with disenfranchised or disempowered communities. Spring

COMM 384  Media Technology and Society  This course examines the often complicated relationship between technology and society through the lens of communication theory and history.  The class acknowledges that technology serves not simply as straightforward innovation but involves a complex set of practices, norms and values.  Students will explore the way old and new technologies have been influenced and in turn influence gender, culture, economics, politics, privacy and notions of self. Fall

COMM 401  Communication and Leadership  A study of the link between communication and leadership. Includes an historical examination of leadership styles, theories, and research.  Emphasis is placed on ways leaders use power, manage diversity, and how leaders use power to manage teams and motivate followers.  Fall.

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 464  Rhetorical Criticism  An introduction to the methods and theories of communication criticism. Classical and contemporary approaches are applied to speeches, books, films, television programs, and musical productions. Fall.

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 may include propaganda, media effects, semiotics, dialogue, visual communication, the philosophy of language, technology and the self.  Upon sufficient demand.

COMM 481 Seminar Special topics with credit to be arranged.  On sufficient demand

COMM 482 Directed Study  Special topics and reading; credit by arrangement with the instructor.  Requires completion of an Individualized Study form, department permission and cannot be registered for via Zagweb.  On sufficient demand.

COMM 484  Senior Seminar  In this capstone course for the major, students demonstrate their proficiency in oral, written, and visual communication by adapting their senior thesis to multiple communication platforms.  The seminar is also designed to help students reflect on their education and develop a philosophy of communication.  Spring

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0022
Phone: (509) 313-6662
Fax: (509) 313-5718
Email: hickmanc@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Tony Osborne
Department Chair
(509) 313-6659
osborne@gonzaga.edu
College Hall, 432-M
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