Both new and old communication technologies have transformed modern culture. Courses in this area concentration explore how media, particularly new digital media, change the way we build relationships, form communities, exchange information, govern ourselves and do business.


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 Kielbowicz
Foot Pearce
Hill Powers


Graduate students who wish to learn more about communication technology and society 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 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 528 Internet Research
COM 535 Critical Theory Applications in Comm
COM 537 Comm and Community
COM 538 Theories and Criticism of Comm Technology
COM 539 Theories of Technology and Society
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 565 Mass Media Structure