The Department of Communication at the University of Washington seeks to advance the study and practice of communication across mediated and face-to-face contexts by using both humanistic and social scientific approaches. Our research and teaching focus on seven interrelated areas of study, listed below and described in more detail on our Faculty Research and Affiliated Centers page.
Faculty, staff, and students work across these domains to cultivate a collaborative and inclusive scholarly community. The Department highlights these areas to demonstrate the strengths of the unit, not to create a set of seven separate programs. Faculty typically work across multiple areas of study. Students do not formally identify themselves as belonging in a particular area.
All graduating M.A. and Ph.D. students receive degrees in Communication, not a particular area of study.
Some course descriptions may be found on the Course Catalog page.