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M.A.
COMMUNICATION &
LEADERSHIP STUDIES

Concentrations

Choosing an area of concentration allows students to pursue topics that contribute to their specific professional goals and areas of expertise. Specialize your degree by choosing one of the three concentrations below.

College Teaching of Communication

This concentration prepares students to become college teachers through:

  • developing a teaching philosophy
  • creating a teaching portfolio
  • observing college communication courses
  • shadowing current communication professors through an internship.

Curriculum

COML Required Concentration Elective Courses (6 credits):

  • COML 510: Communication Teaching & Pedagogy
  • COML 520: Internship (3 credits) – to be approved by Dr. Caputo and Dr. Cunningham

COML Concentration Electives Courses (3 credits – choose one of the following):

  • COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication & Technology
  • COML 514: Advanced Criticism
  • COML 515: Interpersonal & Small Group Communication
  • COML 516: Media Literacy
  • COML 513: Advanced Topics: International Media and Culture (Cagli, Italy) Note: COML 513 can be taken twice for elective credit.
  • COML 522: Renaissance Rhetoric and Contemporary Leadership (Florence, Italy)
  • COML 523: Peacebuilding Through Dialogue in Northern Ireland (Derry, Ireland)

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone course are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to college teaching of communication.

International & Intercultural Communication

This concentration is designed to prepare students to understand communication and leadership in global contexts. The ability to quickly assimilate and discern other cultural values are indispensable tools for anyone working where globalization and multi-culturalism are becoming increasingly important. This series of courses provide students with a period of rich immersion in a foreign culture, with six of the twelve required credits held in short-term overseas Gonzaga classes.

Curriculum

COML Required Concentration Elective Course (3 credits – choose one of the following):

  • COML 521: Travel Writing
  • COML 515: Interpersonal and Small Group Communication

Cultural Immersion Courses in Cagli, Italy (6 credits – choose two of the following):

  • COML 600: Multi-Media Practicum
  • COML 524: Communication & Culture
  • COML 513: Advanced Topics: International Media and Culture

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone course are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to international and intercultural communication.

Strategic & Organizational Communication

This concentration provides practical knowledge and skills needed to be successful in 21st century organizations. Students study best practices and relevant theories in order to solve complex organizational problems, and have the flexibility to choose electives covering:

  • communication and technology
  • consulting and training
  • strategic and corporate communication
  • interpersonal and small group communication.

Curriculum

COML Required Concentration Elective Course (3 credits):

  • COML 504: Organizational Communication

COML Concentration Electives Courses (6 credits – choose two of the following):

  • COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication & Technology
  • COML 511: Communication Consulting & Training
  • COML 512: Strategic & Corporate Communication
  • COML 515: Interpersonal & Small Group Communication

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone course are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to strategic/organizational communication.

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