Maximizing your Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership with Area Studies.
Gonzaga University offers a wide selection of courses within the field of Communication. Additionally the field of Communication is very broad. Gonzaga offers students the utmost flexibility relevant to their interests and offers a broad selection of courses that students are free to choose from to complete their degree. Many students choose to take particular courses to create opportunities to develop skills in particular sub-specializations within the field of communication.
Here are some of the examples that students have selected, but it is always recommended you speak with your Academic Advisor when making choices.
Course a: COML 510 Communication Teaching and Pedagogy
Course b: COML 520 Internship in College Teaching in the student\’s region
Course c: COML 517 Practicum and Teaching Portfolio
Course d: COML 680 Capstone with project or thesis in Teaching & Learning
COML 510 – Communication Teaching and Pedagogy (3 credits)
This course was designed for people considering a career as a communication educator at the college level. The goals for this class have three interrelated dimensions; (a) cognitive learning, (b) affective orientation; and (c) behavioral development. Students will develop curriculum, learn teaching strategies, develop goals and assessment, college classroom observations, and build a teaching portfolio.
COML 517 Communication Practicum: Speech, Writing and Multi-Media (3 credits)
Residency course that can be taken in Cagli, Italy or on campus in Spokane, WA. This is a Core Course requirement for the COML Program.
This course is grounded in the principle that the best learning is experiential, and occurs in the context of a community. This practicum is designed to merge theory and praxis and provide practical application of communication knowledge and action with a focus on public speaking, group processes writing, and multi-media products. Students will work to create a website/blog of a community profile that includes speaking, writing, and multi-media components.
You will be required to complete a syllabus/portfolio similar to our COML 517 course. The syllabus/portfolio should be submitted AFTER you have completed COML 517 and BEFORE you enroll in COML 680. It is graded on a Pass/ No Pass basis. The grade will not show up on your official transcript, but is a required element for the Emphasis. Students who receive a No Pass can revise the syllabus/portfolio ONE TIME.
The goal of this syllabus/portfolio is for you to develop syllabi for teaching public speaking, writing, and multimedia. As you pursue a career in teaching, you may be asked to teach in any or all of these three areas. The syllabus/portfolio, then, offers an opportunity for you to think through how you would teach these skills and develop a course (or courses) that incorporate public speaking, writing, and multimedia.
You will need to submit 3 separate syllabi. The following should be included on each of the three syllabi:
- Course objectives
- Courses policies
- Assessment and grading
- Required and optional readings
- Skills that will be developed
- Assignment descriptions
- General course calendar
You can be creative in this portfolio. COML 517 includes 3 separate syllabi, yet the final project integrates speaking, writing, and multimedia components. Our course includes a 3-day residency, but you may choose to design your 3 courses as separate entities. In the end, the ultimate goal is to demonstrate how you would teach these skills to undergraduates.
In addition to the syllabi, you will submit a 3-5 page reflective paper that discusses the rationale behind your syllabus. Your paper should address the following questions: What instructional strategies are you using to achieve your course objectives? How is your teaching philosophy reflected in your course design?
You should submit your portfolio to your teaching advisor for approval.
COML 520 Internship in College Teaching in the student\’s region.
COML 680 Thesis or Project
- Students are required to do their capstone project or thesis on a topic related to communication education or teaching.
Course a: COML 506 International and Intercultural Communication in Cagli, Italy
Course b: COML 517 Multi-Media Practicum in Cagli, Italy
Course c: Choose one of the following two courses:
- COML 508 Theorizing Communication or
- COML 509 Social Dynamics of Communication Technology
Course d: COML 680 Capstone with project or thesis on Intercultural Theme
Course a: COML 504 Organizational Communication & Leadership
Course b & c: Choose two of the following three courses:
- COML 511 Strategic and Corporate Communication, or
- COML 512 Consulting and Training, or
- COML 515 Seminar in Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
Course d: COML 680 Capstone with project or thesis in this specialization