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M.A.


COMMUNICATION

&


LEADERSHIP STUDIES

Curriculum

Gonzaga’s online or on-campus M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies (COML) curriculum encourages students to push boundaries, think critically, and develop a personal sense of leadership. Our program helps students become more effective communicators in their communities and organizations. While rooted in communication research, the COML curriculum is practical and students develop skills that are immediately applicable to their career and life.

30 semester credits are required to complete M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies (36 for students who entered prior to Fall 2015):

  • 12 credits in Theory & Practice Core Courses
  • 12 credits in Communication Electives
  • 6 credits in Capstone Requirements
  • Concentrations listed below

Pre-Fall 2015 Curriculum

To view the pre-fall 2015 curriculum, click here.

COML Core Courses (12 credits)

COML Core Courses (12 credits):
COML 595: Theorizing Communication
COML 596: Masters Level Writing (co-requisite with COML 595)
COML 597: Communication & Leadership Ethics
COML 598: International & Intercultural Communication
COML 599: Communication Practicum (3-day on-campus residency, Spokane, WA)

COML Electives Courses (12 Credits)

COML Electives Courses (12 Credits)
COML 504: Organizational Communication
COML 505: Digital Storytelling
COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication & Technology
COML 510: Communication Teaching & Pedagogy
COML 511: Communication Consulting & Training
COML 512: Strategic & Corporate Communication
COML 513: Advanced Topics (Note: COML 513 can be taken twice for elective credit.)
COML 514: Advanced Criticism
COML 515: Interpersonal & Small Group Communication
COML 516: Media Literacy
COML 520: Internship
COML 521: Travel Writing
COML 522: Renaissance Rhetoric and Contemporary Leadership (Florence, Italy)
COML 523: Peacebuilding Through Dialogue in Northern Ireland (Derry, Ireland)

*Students may also include offerings from the ORGL curriculum for elective courses.
**Students may tailor their elective choices or choose from two formal concentrations (listed below).

COML Capstone Requirements (6 credits)

COML Capstone Requirements (6 credits):
COML 601: Applied Communication Research
COML 602: Communication & Leadership Capstone Seminar (Prerequisite: COML 601)
*For students choosing a concentration, the capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to that concentration.

Total: 30 (36 for students who entered prior to Fall 2015)

New COML Concentrations

As of fall 2015, COML will offer three new concentrations in Strategic and Organizational Communication, College Teaching of Communication, and Global/Intercultural and International Communication (pending final approval by the NWCCU).

Concentration in College Teaching of Communication

Concentration in College Teaching of Communication

COML Required Concentration Elective Course (6 credits):
COML 510:
Communication Teaching & Pedagogy
COML 520: Internship (3 credits)

COML Concentration Electives Courses Choose ONE of the following (3 credits required):
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 Culure (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.

Concentration in Strategic & Organizational Communication

Concentration in Strategic & Organizational Communication

COML Required Concentration Elective Course (3 credits):
COML 504:
Organizational Communication

COML Concentration Electives Courses Choose TWO of the following (6 credits required):
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.

Concentration in Global/Intercultural & International Communication

Concentration in Global/Intercultural & International Communication

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

  • COML 509: Travel Writing  (3 credits)
  • COML 515: Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (3 credits)

Cultural Immersion classes in Italy: (6 credits – two of the three following courses):

  • COML 600: Multi-Media Practicum (3 credits)
  • COML 524: Communication & Culture (3 credits)
  • COML 513: Advanced Topics in Communication: International Media and Culture (3 credits)

*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 Global/Intercultural and International Communication.

How do I know if these courses are offered online or on campus?

This program is quite flexible in that you can take classes online, on campus or both! For the most up to date information on a specific course and whether it will be offered online or on campus for the upcoming semester, please see Zagweb or talk to your Faculty Advisor.

Program information subject to change.

At a Glance

Credits

30 (36 for students who entered prior to Fall 2015)

Accreditation

Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities

Location

Online or On-Campus (Spokane, WA)

Admission cycles

Rolling 8-week

Immersions

One, three-day immersion required in Spokane, WA. Study abroad opportunities in Florence & Cagli, Italy and Derry, Ireland.

Rankings

Top 3 Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report

Named “Most Innovative Program” by the National Communication Association, 2010