What will I learn?

The mission of the Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University is to cultivate a sophisticated understanding of the process of communication as symbolic action by providing a theoretically-grounded and experiential education that prepares students to analyze and critique human communication in its many forms, and to create and deliver content across multiple modalities.

THE PROGRAM

We are committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive community of scholars who think critically and engage responsibly with the problems and issues of our communities through exemplary, ethical communication via multiple modes of address. Blending contemporary rhetorical education with interdisciplinary, liberal arts education, the department prepares students with rhetorical skills (eloquentia perfecta in the Jesuit Rhetorical tradition) and a refined sense of judgment and discernment to work toward justice and the common good.

Every discipline, field, and industry needs people who can think deeply and critically about the power and consequences of communication. Communication Studies complements a variety of fields within the humanities through our engagement with questions of meaning and interpretation. Moreover, our focus on meaning-making, symbolic action, and persuasion offers a distinctive worldview that enriches and contributes to conversations in every disciplinary field including the sciences and social sciences.

Throughout all of our courses, the Communication faculty foster students’ critical awareness of, appreciation for, and engagement with multiple and diverse perspectives. We build on an ethos of social justice to prepare graduates to address contemporary issues and challenges.

Majors and minors gain experience analyzing and proposing solutions to complex problems confronting the human condition.

Some Communication Studies courses include: • Understanding Meaning Making • Understanding Power in Culture • Understanding Identity • Analyzing Public Texts • Politics of Popular Culture • Digital Culture/Networked Self • Communication and Leadership • Intersectional Communication

DISTINCTIVE OPPORTUNITIES

The Communication Studies department also offers a unique course specifically designed for our majors that helps juniors and seniors connect their communication studies knowledge and skills with civic and professional goals during and after college. The course helps our students explore and explain how the major and its careful alignment with Gonzaga’s Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic educational experience will benefit them across multiple professional contexts and pathways.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Majors and minors gain experience analyzing and proposing solutions to complex problems confronting the human condition. We immerse students in problem-oriented learning environments that extend beyond the classroom and into their roles as leaders in the community, the public arena, and the world.

Communication Studies is the major of the future: it bridges multiple fields while preparing students for many different career paths, such as law, business, teaching, government, public service, and non-profit administration. In recent years, students have used the conceptual and practical skills from their Communication Studies degree to secure internships and jobs with a variety of companies and organizations across the country.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$48,990.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected July, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,

SPOKANE,

Washington,

99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

TOEIC 695
iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1; Spring: December 7

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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