Integrated Media

Chairperson: Susan English
Associate Professors: S. EnglishR. Lyons, S.J., C. McMahonT. Miller
Assistant Professors: R. Prindle
Senior Lecturers: E. Dorsey, J. Fitzsimmons, D. Garrity
Lecturers: J. Kafentzis

Gonzaga’s Integrated Media Department weaves the related disciplines of Journalism, Broadcast Studies and Public Relations into an environment where students can learn and hone their writing, interviewing, strategic communications and technological skills while specializing in a path that becomes a bridge to a career or to further scholarship in graduate schools.

The Integrated Media Department offers majors and minors in Broadcast Studies, Journalism and Public Relations within the College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, a minor in Advertising is offered by Public Relations and the School of Business Administration.

The Integrated Media programs strive to guide students toward academic excellence and tangible career goals. The Integrated Media curriculum reflects the Catholic, Jesuit character and liberal arts tradition of Gonzaga.

Students have many opportunities to develop and experiment with storytelling and strategic communication techniques using multiple platforms and methods, learning through the lens of social justice and Ignatian pedagogy.

The coursework in Integrated Media programs balances experience in the plethora of skills and use of technology required of professionals with philosophical grounding in ethical and proficient communications. Some courses include service-learning components.

In addition to coursework in traditional classroom settings, students engage in plentiful hands-on experience in computer labs equipped with software applications that allow students to experience a contemporary news and video-editing environment.

Students further polish the tools of skillful and responsible communication through internships in professional environments, for which academic credit is available.

Campus media outlets that include GUTV and KAGU, Gonzaga’s television and radio stations, and The Gonzaga Bulletin (gonzagabulletin.com), the student newspaper, offer opportunities for students to hone media skills learned in the classroom. In addition, stories created for these media entities become substantial portfolio pieces for applications to graduate schools and for internships and employment.

Experiential learning in the broadcast, journalism and public relations arenas are hallmarks of the department.

Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in these areas:

  1. Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies.
  2. Journalism.
  3. Public Relations.
Integrated Media Department Core:

Majors and minors within the Integrated Media Department are required to complete the Integrated Media core:
    COMM 101 Mass Communication        3 credits
*Note: No upper-division courses may be applied to two separate majors and/or minors within the Integrated Media Department with the exception of JOUR 364.

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).