This area concentration examines national and transnational media as part of a global system of news flow, political interaction, and cultural exchange. Courses compare media and interaction patterns within and across nations and cultures, as well as examine how the globalization of communication systems and content affects peoples’ lives around the world.


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.

Bennett Moy
Foot Rivenburgh
Pearce Powers


Graduate students who wish to learn more about global communication 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 511 Content Analysis
COM 513 Fieldwork Research Methods
COM 514 Critical Discourse Analysis
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 527 International Comm Research Methods
COM 535 Critical Theory Applications in Comm
COM 542 Readings in Comm History
COM 543 Research Seminar in Historic and Contemporary Comm
COM 545 Development of Mass Comm
COM 547 Telecommunications Policy and Convergent Media
COM 549 Mass Comm Process and Effects
COM 550 European Union Information Society Policy
COM 559 Media and Foreign Policy
COM 561 Regional Comm Systems
COM 562 International Comm Systems
COM 572 Comm, Identity, and Social Change