One of the primary purposes of communication in representative political systems is to exchange ideas and opinions about how to govern ourselves. Courses in the political communication area concentration examine how citizens and communities talk among themselves, how public officials make decisions together, and how citizens and officeholders talk to each other. Some courses also explore the role of communication in autocratic political regimes.
The University of Washington also offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. award in Political Communication. To learn more about this award, click here.
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.
Graduate students who wish to learn more about political 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||Experimental Design|
|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 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 551||Comm and Politics|
|COM 553||Public Opinion and Comm|
|COM 554||Discourse and the Politics of Resistance|
|COM 555||Political Deliberation|
|COM 556||Political Comm Research Practicum|
|COM 557||Government and Mass Comm|
|COM 559||Media and Foreign Policy|
|COM 565||Mass Media Structure|
|COM 567||Ethnicity, Gender, and Comm|
|COM 570||Organizational Comm|
|COM 572||Comm, Identity, and Social Change|