Courses

COMM 100 Communication and Speech
3.00 credits
In this course, students will be introduced to and cultivate an understanding of interpersonal and small-group communication. The course also requires application of critical thinking, reasoning and research skills necessary to organize, write and present several speeches. Students will learn effective active communication and listening skills necessary to the development of the individual, the university and the greater public communities.
Equivalent:
SPCO 101 - Taken before Spring 2019
COMM 184 Comm, Culture, & Society
3.00 credits
Foundation course for the major that examines the philosophical, psychological, economic, and technological forces that have shaped communication innovations and practices. Subjects covered include dialogue, the news industry, advertising, propaganda, semiotics, popular culture, modernity, and myth. Required first course for all Communication Studies majors. Fall and Spring.
COMM 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
COMM 234 Nonverbal Communication
3.00 credits
Comprehensive study of the role of nonverbal communication in interpersonal relationships. Multi-disciplinary research and practical exercises are used to probe the nature and primacy of nonverbal communication in social and organizational settings. Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SPCO 400 - Taken before Summer 2014
COMM 244 Interpersonal & Small Group
3.00 credits
Study of interpersonal and small group communication styles and behaviors based on research findings; students will also develop their skills through the practical application of theory. Fall.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SPCO 453 - Taken before Summer 2014
COMM 254 Popular Culture
3.00 credits
Examination of various facets of popular culture, such as advertisements, clothing, toys and games, and examples from online, print, film, and television media. The course covers the development of cultural studies and critical methods of analysis. Fall.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 264 History of Rhetoric
3.00 credits
This course covers the development and systematization of persuasive argument from the classical era to the present. The course develops analytical and expressive powers while promoting an appreciation and understanding of persuasive techniques. Fall.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101
COMM 270H Honors Rhetoric
3.00 credits
The principles and psychology of persuasive argument and interpersonal skills. Through theory and practice students will develop and refine their communication skills while developing an individual style. Spring.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 280 Communication Theory
3.00 credits
This course examines various "ways of knowing" about communication through the review and criticism of the major theories that explain communication processes and effects. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 321 Advanced Public Speaking
3.00 credits
A rigorous examination of the various forms of public address. Students will hone their skills through a variety of classroom presentations. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
(COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D) and (COMM 100 Minimum Grade: D or SPCO 101 Minimum Grade: D)
Equivalent:
SOSJ 362 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
COMM 331 Argumentation and Debate
3.00 credits
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 their argumentation skills. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SOSJ 363 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
COMM 342 Debate Participation
1.00 credit
Participation on University debate teams.
COMM 362 Persuasion
3.00 credits
Theory and practice of effective persuasive techniques. Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SOSJ 364 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
SPCO 356 - Taken before Summer 2014
COMM 362 Persuasion
3.00 credits
Theory and practice of effective persuasive techniques. Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SOSJ 364 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
SPCO 356 - Taken before Summer 2014
COMM 380 Communication Research Methods
3.00 credits
This course surveys qualitative and quantitative methodologies used to examine human communication and other cultural phenomena. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
(COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D) and COMM 280 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 381 Ethnography
3.00 credits
Ethnography is a research methodology (based on observation and writing) used to interpret and understand human communication. Methods used in the course include participant observations, field studies, interviews, focus groups and archival research. The course promotes the appreciation of the humanistic and aesthetic aspects of a culture while practicing scientific modes of inquiry. This is a social justice course, thus research projects are designed to give voice to marginalized sub-cultures and communities. Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SOSJ 462 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
COMM 384 Media, Technology, & Society
3.00 credits
This course uses communication theory and history to examine the complex relationship between society and technology, which is not merely straightforward innovation, but involves a complex set of practices, norms and values. The course explores the reciprocity between (old and new) technologies and gender, culture, economics, politics, privacy and self-identity. Fall.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 401 Communication & Leadership
3.00 credits
A critical examination of the reciprocity between effective communication and successful leadership. Includes an historical examination of leadership styles, theories, and research. Includes an analysis of motivation, power, and organizational culture. Writing and speaking assignments are designed to cultivate leadership skills. Fall.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SOSJ 464 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
COMM 418 Intercultural & Intern'l Comm
3.00 credits
An analysis of communication problems and differences owing to national and cultural differences. Covers the interrelatedness and effects of differences in attitudes, social organization, role expectations, language and non-verbal behavior. Fundamental tenets of communication theory will be applied to intercultural contexts. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SOSJ 461 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
COMM 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
COMM 464 Rhetorical Criticism
3.00 credits
An introduction to the methods and theories of rhetorical criticism. Classical and contemporary approaches are applied to speeches, books, films, television programs, and musical productions. Fall.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SPCO 457 - Taken before Summer 2014
COMM 475 Organizational Communication
3.00 credits
Study of research findings, theories, and models of communication in organizations; examination of the effects of organizational culture and structure on clear communication. The course covers practical ways to overcome communication obstacles and how to communicate effectively within organizations. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 480 Themes in Communcatn Studies
3.00 credits
The specific theme of the course varies each semester but may include topics such as media effects, semiotics, dialogue, visual communication, the philosophy of language, virtual realities, and technology and the Self. Offered on sufficient demand.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 482 Seminar
1.00 - 3.00 credits
Special topics with credit to be arranged. On sufficient demand.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
COMM 484 Senior Seminar
3.00 credits
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 personal philosophy of communication. Spring.
Prerequisite:
COMM 184 Minimum Grade: D or COMM 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
SPCO 489 - OK if taken between Fall 2012 and Summer 2014
COMM 490 Dir Study in Communication
.00 - 10.00 credits
Special projects and readings, credit by arrangement with the instructor. Requires completion of an Individualized Study form and Department permission. Registration is through the Registrar’s Office rather than Zagweb. Offered on sufficient demand.
COMM 497 Internship
.00 - 6.00 credits
Professional experience in a communication related fields. Students must take the initiative to contact an agency or business and find a Communication Studies department faculty member willing to supervise the internship. Fall, Spring, and Summer.