Courses in this area concentration look at the ways people communicate within and across different cultures. Communication is at the heart of cultural identity and expression, and it is through communication that cultures emerge, sustain themselves, and change.


The faculty listed below emphasize this area of study in their teaching and research, though most have additional areas of expertise. This list is not exhaustive, as many University of Washington faculty outside the Department of Communication also teach courses and conduct research in this area.

Coutu Gonzalez
Domke Nishime
Fearn-Banks Manusov
Harold Rivenburgh
Joseph Underwood


Graduate students who wish to learn more about communication and culture can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below. Students also typically enroll in other courses within and outside the Department, and students are welcome to develop programs of study that combine different area emphases.

COM 513 Fieldwork Research Methods
COM 516 Descriptive and Analytic Comm Research Methods
COM 517 Survey Research
COM 520 Statistical Methods in Communication
COM 521 Advanced Statistical Methods in Communication
COM 524 Observational Rating and Coding
COM 537 Comm and Community
COM 554 Discourse and the Politics of Resistance
COM 564 Media, Myth, and Ritual
COM 566 Discourse and Sex/uality
COM 567 Ethnicity, Gender, and Comm
COM 570 Organizational Comm
COM 572 Comm, Identity, and Social Change
COM 578 Intercultural Comm
COM 580 Nonverbal Comm
COM 584 Ways of Speaking