Communication Curriculum

Course descriptions may be found on the Course Catalog page.
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Prerequisites/Introductory courses

COM 200
Additional 5-CREDIT 200-level COM course*

*COM-prefixed 200-level course or courses joint with COM-prefixed 200-level course


Methods course

Please choose one of the following. More information about each course and the Methods requirement can be found here.

COM 238 Rhetoric and Popular Culture
COM 301 Navigating Information Networks for Mass Media
COM 325 Communication, Cities, and Sustainability
COM 376 Nonverbal Communication
COM 377 Organizational Communication
COM 381 Content Analysis
COM 382 Social Scientific Approaches to Communication Research
COM 383 Qualitative Communication Research Methods
COM 389 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
COM 420 Comparative Media Images
COM 426 International Media Systems
COM 431 Rhetorical Criticism
COM 435 Historic American Public Address
COM 436 Contemporary American Public Address
COM 442 History of Media Technology and Regulation
COM 472 Empirical Approaches to Interpersonal Communication
COM 486 Communication and Culture in Rome: Study Abroad
COM 495 Special Topics in Communication (on a case-by-case basis)
COM 496 Honors Seminar || More on the honors program


Theory course

Please choose one of the following. More information about each course and the Theory requirement can be found here.

COM 325 Communication, Cities, and Sustainability
COM 332 Classical Rhetorical Theory
COM 333 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
COM 376 Nonverbal Communication
COM 377 Organizational Communication
COM 378 Social Approaches to Interpersonal Communication
COM 389 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
COM 434 Argumentation Theory
COM 444 Public Relations and Society
COM 452 Crisis Communications
COM 482 Interpersonal Media
COM 483 Communication Approaches to the Study of War
COM 484 Cultural Codes in Communication
COM 486 Communication and Culture in Rome: Study Abroad
COM 488 Race, Gender, and Power in Asian American Media
COM 489 Black Cultural Studies
COM 490 Representing Beyond the Binaries: Mixing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media

COM 495 on a case-by-case basis as decided by advising


Communication electives

30 credits of any COM course that is NOT already counting towards INTRO, METHODS, or THEORY can be counted as COM ELECTIVES.

Note: some classes outside of the Department of Communication are also allowed in this area. Click here for more information on affiliated courses.


Upper division courses

Of the 50 above credits, 25 credits must be 300-400 level, with 10 being 400-level and 15 being 300-to 400-level.

Note: COM 498 and COM 499 do not count as upper division courses.


Transfer students

To major in Communication, transfer students must complete 50 COM credits (same as all students), of which 20 must be taken at the University of Washington, including 10 at the 400 level.


Distance learning

The following courses may be offered for online learning either through UW Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) or through the Department of Communication. To see what is scheduled to be offered for a specific quarter, please visit the UW PCE website or MyPlan. Students interested in taking a Distance Learning course are advised to speak with their major adviser to ensure that they are following the senior residency requirement.

COM 202 Introduction to Communication II
COM 220 Introduction to Public Speaking
COM 303 Social Effects of Technology and Social Media
COM 304 The Press and Politics in the United States
COM 318 The Creative Advantage
COM 325 Communication, Cities, and Sustainability
COM 382 Social Scientific Approaches to Communication Research
COM 389 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
COM 420 Comparative Media Systems
COM 440 Mass Media Law
COM 468 Media Ethics
COM 484 Cultural Codes in Communication
COM 489 Black Cultural Studies