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Course descriptions may be found on the registrar page.

A.      Introductory Courses: COM 200* and another COM 200-level course** (need to complete only COM 200 to apply for the major) Credits -10

*COM 201, COM 202 are allowed substitutes for COM 200 if taken at UW prior to SPR 2018, were transferred in from another institution, and/or if taken at UW during SUM quarters. If you have taken BOTH COM 201 and COM 202, both courses can count to complete the prerequisite requirements.
** Starting winter 2019, we will not be accepting COM 300- or 400-level courses as the second prerequisite

B. Methods in Inquiry
Choose from:
COM 238    Rhetoric and Popular Culture
COM 301    Navigating Information Networks for Mass Media
COM 325    Communication, Cities, and Sustainability
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 Systems
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
Credits -5

C. Skills/Competencies core
COM 360 Foundations of Multiplatform Journalism -5
COM 361 Advanced Multiplatform Journalism (Prerequisite: COM 360) -4
COM 362 Community Journalism: News Lab (Prerequisite: COM 361) -5
COM 364 Journalism in a Diverse Society (Prerequisite: COM 361) -5
COM 457 Journalism Portfolio (Prerequisite: COM 361) -1
Credits -20

D. Law and Ethics core
COM 440 Mass Media Law -5
COM 468 Media Ethics -5
Credits -10

E. Advanced Skills/Competencies
Choose from:
COM 445: Journalism and Literature
COM 458 Reporting Global Issues
COM 459 Narrative Journalism
COM 460 Special Reporting Topics
COM 461 Computer-Assisted Journalism
COM 463 Copy Editing and Design
COM 464 Writing With Voice
COM 465 Legislative Reporting
COM 467 Feature Writing
COM 491 Publication Design
Credits -10 minimum

Total 55 credits

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