Communication Arts

Chairperson: Robert Lyons, S.J.

Associate Professors: S. English, J. Hofland, R. Lyons, S.J., C. McMahon, T. Miller, T. Osborne, B. Russo
Assistant Professors: E. DavisA. Corey, R. Prindle

Sr. Lecturers: E. Dorsey, J. Fitzsimmons,  G. Frappier, D. Garrity,
Lecturers: J. Kafentzis, S. Ostersmith, F. Slak, K. Morehouse

The communication process constitutes the fabric of human society. This relational process is woven into personal, community, business, artistic, and religious life - and into the dialogue among the cultures and nations of the world.

Critical examination of this process describes, interprets, and evaluates these relationships. As faculty in the Department of Communication Arts, we seek to assist students in becoming effective, creative, and ethically responsible communicators who can understand theoretical choices and design, express, interpret, and critically evaluate oral, written, nonverbal, and electronically mediated messages.

Communication, as an academic discipline, draws upon the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and the professions. The curriculum is both conceptual and applied. Courses prepare for an in-depth exploration of one or more areas of inquiry. Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in these areas:

  1. 1) Applied Communication Studies.
  2. 2) Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies.
  3. 3) Journalism.
  4. 4) Public Relations.
  5. 5) Theatre Arts.


Additionally, we offer a minor in advertising that is jointly taught by communication arts and marketing faculty. The pedagogy combines lecture, seminar, production, and performance. The intent of our program is to guide students toward academic excellence and realistic career goals. Communication arts at Gonzaga reflects the Catholic, Jesuit character and liberal arts tradition of the institution.

Internships may be taken at television stations, newspapers, magazines, online outlets, public relations and marketing firms, as well as profit and non-profit agencies. There are service-learning components in applied communication, public relations and theatre courses. Students can serve on the campus newspaper, The Bulletin, in theatre productions, with GUTV, or at KAGU-FM, Gonzaga's radio station. In addition, some classes develop newsletters and magazines. The curriculum is supported by video and photography labs and Magnuson Theatre, along with a computer lab for research on the Internet, graphic design or editing copy and video production.

Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Honor Society for outstanding students in any of the Communication Arts. Membership in Iota Rho, the campus chapter, is limited to third-year and fourth-year students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership and service, and a commitment to the discipline of communication.


Communication Arts Department Core:

Majors within the Communication Arts Department are required to complete the Communication Arts Department Core:

COMM 101 Mass Communication
(except Theatre)
3 credits

*Note: No upper-division courses may be applied to two separate majors and/or minors within the Department of Communication Arts.  Students may not double major within the department.  Students may not minor in the department if they are majoring in one of the department areas.

Applied Communication Studies

Director: TBA

The Applied Communication Studies major combines the classical liberal arts tradition of rhetoric with contemporary trends in speech communication with special emphasis on organizational studies and leadership. The major is founded on the Jesuit ideal of producing leaders who excel in Ars eloquentiae - the ability to communicate effectively in personal and professional settings. More specifically, the program serves students who plan to pursue a career in public service, non-profit administration, teaching, government, business or law. Faculty provide foundational courses for those who plan to attend graduate school in communication or related subjects. The major is a blend of the academic and the practical since it is designed to make students better communicators, not merely by developing interpersonal and public speaking skills but by having them understand the centrality of communication in the development of thought and culture.

All students are expected to have completed SPCO 101 (Introduction to Speech) in their first year or SPCO 102 if they are transfer students.

Applied Communication Studies includes a nationally successful intercollegiate debate program situated and equipped in its own facility, the Conway House.


B.A. Major in Applied Communication Studies: 37 credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
JOUR 110 Introduction to Journalistic Writing 3 credits
Upper Division
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
   COMM 375 Communication Training and Consulting
   COMM 475 Organizational Communication
3 credits
COMM 418 Intercultural and International Communication* 3 credits
SPCO 321 Advanced Public Speaking 3 credits
SPCO 356 Persuasion 3 credits
SPCO 400 Nonverbal Communication 3 credits
SPCO 401 Communication and Leadership 3 credits
SPCO 453 Interpersonal and Small Group Communication 3 credits
SPCO 457 Communication Criticism 3 credits
SPCO 497 Internship** 2 credits
SPCO 489 Senior Communication Colloquium 2 credits
*This course meets the College of Arts and Sciences Social Justice requirement.
**Students who wish to go on to graduate school may substitute for this course in consultation with their advisor.

Minor in Applied Communication Studies: 21 credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
JOUR 110 Introduction to Journalistic Writing 3 credits
Upper Division
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
   COMM 375 Communication Training and Consulting
   COMM 475 Organizational Communication
3 credits
SPCO 401 Communication and Leadership 3 credits
Two of the following three courses:
   COMM 418 Intercultural and International Communication
   SPCO 321 Advanced Public Speaking
   SPCO 453 Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
6 credits


Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies

Director: D. Garrity

The major in Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies prepares students for careers in radio, television and related communications fields in addition to providing a foundation for graduate work in the same areas. Students gain a theoretical appreciation of mass media, but are then challenged to apply their knowledge in live, original productions on KAGU radio and GUTV, the broadcast program’s television station. Majors are provided state-of-the-art non-linear technology with which to create programming, and brand new studios in which to perform. Broadcast and Electronic Media graduates are taught the ultimate goal of the program is for them to make a positive difference in the world with their newfound talents.


B.A. Major in Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies: 36 Credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
BRCO 203 Fundamentals of Television Production 3 credits
BRCO 204 Fundamentals of Audio Production 3 credits
Upper Division
JOUR 364 Media Law 3 credits
BRCO 303 Intermediate Television Production 3 credits
BRCO 370 Broadcast Journalism 3 credits
BRCO 469 Advanced Television Production and Programming
3 credits
BRCO 470 Broadcast Leadership 3 credits
BRCO 481 TV & Social Justice 3 credits
BRCO, COMM, JOUR, PRLS or THEA electives 9 credits
BRCO 499 Comprehensive Exam 0 credit

Minor in Broadcast Studies: 21 Credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
BRCO 203 Fundamental Television Production 3 credits
Upper Division
BRCO 303 Intermediate Television Production 3 credits
BRCO 304-BRCO 494 Electives 12 credits


Journalism

Director: S. English

The Journalism major prepares students for careers in journalism or related occupations. The major focuses on reporting, writing, editing, and production for newspapers and magazines. Graduates of the journalism program often carry these skills into advertising or public relations, broadcast news, business, government, law and graduate schools, as well as into daily or weekly journalism.

The major blends practical experience, discussion of ethics, traditions and the nature of news, and theory. Work is carried on in the Journalism and Broadcast Center Lab. The program is integrated with the University’s liberal arts requirements, which are considered important ingredients of a journalist’s education at Gonzaga. Students are expected to make use of their liberal arts and professional education to become critical and creative contributors to journalism and civic life.

Most journalism students contribute to The Bulletin, the University’s student-produced weekly newspaper. But credits for Journalism 220 and 230 may also be given for work on other publications, or under certain circumstances even in other media. Those meeting the prerequisites are encouraged to complete an internship. Students are encouraged but not required to complete minors in other departments.


B.A. Major in Journalism: 36 Credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
JOUR 110 Journalistic Writing 3 credits
JOUR 210 News Reporting and Writing 3 credits
JOUR 220 Journalism Reporting and Writing Lab
1 credit
JOUR 230 Journalism Editing and Design Lab
1 credit
JOUR 270 Principles of Photojournalism 3 credits
JOUR 280 News Editing and Design 3 credits
Upper Division
JOUR 310 Public Affairs Reporting 3 credits
JOUR 341 News Seminar 3 credits
JOUR 353 History of Journalism 3 credits
JOUR 364 Media Law 3 credits
JOUR/BRCO - - - Electives 6 credits
JOUR 499 Capstone Project
1 credit

Minor in Journalism: 25 Credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
JOUR 110 Journalistic Writing 3 credits
JOUR 210 News Reporting and Writing 3 credits
JOUR 220 Journalism Reporting and Writing Lab 1 credit
JOUR 270 Principles of Photojournalism 3 credits
JOUR 280 News Editing and Design 3 credits
Upper Division
JOUR 364 Media Law 3 credits
JOUR - - - Electives 3 credits
JOUR/BRCO - - - Electives 3 credits


Public Relations

Director: R. Prindle

The public relations major is interdisciplinary in scope and writing intensive in design. The objective of the major is to provide students with a critical understanding of the symbolic, rhetorical behavior which creates and influences relationships between organizations and their public. Courses encourage the examination of practical and theoretical perspectives, historical developments, research methodology, legal applications and the expanding role of public relations in modern society.  Students acquire skills in public speaking, reporting, and critical thinking.

A minor in Public Relations appeals to students majoring in a variety of other fields. Political Science majors may see the minor as a means to enhance their expertise and understanding of public communication and campaign development. Business students may use it in association with concentrations in finance, management, or marketing. Students majoring in English may use the minor to explore the dynamics of organizational advocacy and communicative strategy.


B.A. Major in Public Relations: 39 credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
JOUR 110 Journalistic Writing 3 credits
PRLS 267 Principles of Public Relations 3 credits
Upper Division
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research 3 credits
JOUR 364 Media Law 3 credits
PRLS 305 Writing for Public Relations 3 credits
One of the following three courses:
   COMM 375 Communication Training and Consulting
   COMM 418 Intercultural and International Communication
   COMM 475 Organizational Communication
3 credits
PRLS 367 Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Marketing 3 credits
PRLS 467 Public Relations Campaign 3 credits
SPCO 321 Advanced Public Speaking 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
   SPCO 356 Persuasion
   SPCO 457 Communication Criticism
3 credits
PRLS 487 Internship in Public Relations* 3 credits
PRLS 489 Public Relations Capstone
3 credits
PRLS 499 Comprehensive Exam
0 credit

* A 300-400 level, three credit Communication Arts Department elective shall be substituted for an internship if the student does not meet the minimum cumulative 3.00 gpa requirement prior to the beginning of the last semester of the fourth year.

All public relations majors are also required to complete a minor in another department within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, or the School of Business. Minors in advertising, promotion, political science, and modern languages have been popular choices.


Minor in Public Relations: 24 credits
Lower Division
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
JOUR 110 Journalistic Writing 3 credits
PRLS 267 Principles of Public Relations 3 credits
Upper Division
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research 3 credits
PRLS 305 Writing for Public Relations 3 credits
SPCO 356 Persuasion 3 credits
PRLS 367 Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Marketing 3 credits
PRLS 467 Public Relations Campaign 3 credits

Minor in Advertising: 27 credits

The minor in Advertising is offered only to students majoring in a Communication Arts division. Only in this particular minor may students count courses in the minor toward their major as well.

Marketing Courses:
MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing 3 credits
MKTG 315 Consumer Behavior 3 credits
MKTG 330 Marketing Research 3 credits
MKTG 342 Graphic Design 3 credits
MKTG 402 Marketing Communication 3 credits
MKTG 411 Advertising 3 credits
Communication Arts Courses::
PRLS 267 Principles of Public Relations 3 credits
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research 3 credits
One of the following three courses:
   COMM 375 Communication Training and Consulting
   COMM 418 Intercultural & International Communication
   COMM 475 Organizational Communication
3 credits


Theatre Arts

Director: TBA

Mission Statement
The Theatre Arts program at Gonzaga University is commit- ted to training and developing artists who confront the important issues of our lives through their engagement with the art forms of live theatre.

Gonzaga theatre arts provides disciplined training in both performance and technical theatre.

Students study and critically reflect on a broad range of literature, theatrical forms, and techniques in order to promote an active engagement with the foundations of our culture and to promote the formation of a character that reflects the faith and justice mission of Gonzaga University. The intended outcome of this study and reflection is to provide service to our audience and the broader community and to promote the search for social justice.

Our purpose is to serve young artists hoping to apply disciplined training and thoughtful work to a search for justice and the greater good of those around them.


B.A. Major in Theatre Arts: 45-47 credits
Lower Division
THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre Arts 3 credits
THEA 200 Theatre History 3 credits
THEA 111 Acting I 4 credits
One of the following two courses:
   THEA 214 Advanced Acting: Classic  Neo-classic
   THEA 216 Advanced Acting: 19th – 20th Century
4 credits
THEA 235 Theatre Graphics 3 credits
THEA 253 Directing I 3 credits
THEA 260 Technical Theatre 2 credits
THEA 261 Performance Theatre Lab 2 credits
Two of the following four courses:
   THEA 132 Stagecraft
   THEA 134 Costume construction
   THEA 239 Lighting Design
   THEA 332 Scene Design
4-5 credits
Minimum of two credits from the following ten courses: 2 credits
THEA 120 Movement for the Performer 3 credits
THEA 124 Ballet I 1 credit
THEA 125 Jazz Dance I 1 credit
THEA 224 Modern Dance 1 credit
THEA 230 Topics in Dance 1-2 credits
THEA 320 Ballet II 2 credits
THEA 321 Jazz Dance II 2 credits
THEA 322 Musical Theatre Dance 2 credits
THEA 323 Tap Dance 2 credits
One of two endorsement tracks: 7-10 credits
Upper Division
THEA 354 Directing II 4 credits
THEA 497 Internship 1-3 credits
THEA 498 Senior Project I 1 credit
THEA 499 Senior Project II 1 credit
Performance endorsement: 9-10 credits
Two of the following four courses:
   THEA 214 Advanced Acting: –Classic - Neo-classic
   THEA 216 Advanced Acting: 19th – 20th Century
   THEA 240 Creative Dramatics
   THEA 316 Acting for the Camera
7-8 credits
Two credits from the following courses:
   THEA 261 Performance Theatre Lab
   THEA 490-THEA 494 Directed Studies
2 credits
Tech Theater endorsement: 7-8 credits
One of the following courses:
   THEA 134 Costume Construction
   THEA 239 Lighting Design
   THEA 332 Scene Design
2-3 credits
One of the following courses:
   BRCO 204 Audio Production
   BRCO 303 Intermediate Television Production
3 credits
Two credits from the following courses:
   THEA 260 Tech Theatre Lab
   THEA 490-494 Directed Studies
2 credits

Minor in Theatre Arts: 20-21 credits
Lower Division
THEA 100 Introduction to Theater 3 credits
THEA 111 Acting I 4 credits
One of the following two courses:
   THEA 132 Stagecraft
   THEA 134 Costume Construction
3-4 credits
THEA 200 Theatre History 3 credits
THEA 212 Acting II 3 credits
THEA 235 Theatre Graphics 3 credits
THEA 261 Performance Theatre Lab 1 credit
Upper Division
One of the following three courses:
   THEA 240 Creative Dramatics
   THEA 253 Directing I
   THEA 332 Scene Design
3 credits

Minor in Dance: 22-23 credits
Lower Division
THEA 120 Movement for the Performer 3 credits
One of the Following two courses:
   THEA 124 Ballet I
   THEA 226 Accelerated Ballet Techniques
1 credit
THEA 125 Jazz Dance I 1 credit
THEA 224 Modern Dance 1 credit
One of the following three courses:
   EDPE 222 Health and Human Movement
   EDPE 224 Nutrition for Health and Fitness
   THEA 227 Principles of Dance Conditioning
3 credits
One of the following six courses:
   EDPE 101 Tai Chi.
   EDPE 115 Aerobics
   EDPE 117 Beginning Social Dance
   EDPE 156 Pilates
   EDPE 157 Yoga
   EDPE 158 Fitness and Conditioning
1 credits
Upper Division
One of the following four courses:
   THEA 320 Ballet II
   THEA 321 Jazz Dance II
   THEA 322 Musical Theatre Dance
   THEA 323 Urban Dance
2 credits
THEA 424 Dance History 3 credits
THEA 425 Choreography 3 credits
THEA 496A Strategies for Dance Instruction I 3 credits
THEA 496B Strategies for Dance Instruction II 1 credit


The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).