The Department of Communication offers the following programs of study for undergraduates:

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication
  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication: Journalism

Applications to the Communication Major

Applications are available on this page the first week of autumn, winter, and spring quarters. The application period for autumn quarter has closed. Please check back winter quarter.

Information about the evening degree program.

Statistics

The average GPA for acceptance is a 3.2-3.3. We usually accept about half of the students who apply.

Admissions Requirements

The requirements and policies for admission to the undergraduate program are as follows:

Communication

  • Minimum 15 credits of COM credits including minimum grade of 2.5 in both COM 201 and 202.
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all COM coursework.
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for all college coursework, including transfer credits.
  • Admission is competitive and is based on information in the application packet, cumulative GPA, and COM GPA. Admission of the above requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Online application contents: (a) basic information; (b) transcript, grade reports, transfer evaluation sheets through prior quarter, course information; (c) desired major pathway (general communication, journalism, and/or honors) and degree/career goals; (d) writing sample; (e) personal statement explaining what led applicant to apply to the major. This can refer to an issue of concern, an inspiring book or article, or a relevant experience; and (f) any other information.
  • Applications are available from the department website on the first day of the quarter. Online application contents: (a) basic information; (b) transcript, grade reports, transfer evaluation sheets through prior quarter, course information; (c) desired major pathway (general communication, journalism, and/or honors) and degree/career goals; (d) personal statement explaining what led applicant to apply to the major. This can refer to an issue of concern, an inspiring book or article, or a relevant experience; and (e) any other information.
  • Review: Conducted quarterly by the undergraduate studies staff with oversight by the faculty’s Undergraduate Committee.

Journalism

For more information on the Journalism program please visit http://com.washington.edu/journalism/

  • Students applying to the Journalism program need to complete only one of the introductory courses from COM 201 or 202 and may apply as freshmen. Both introductory courses need to be completed for graduation.
  • Credits completed prior to application: at least 10 UW graded, in-residence credits; no ESL credits count.
  • Minimum GPA: Applications with a cumulative GPA below 2.5 will not be considered. The average cumulative GPA achieved by accepted applicants in previous years is a 3.2.
  • Application deadlines: applications can be submitted as early as the first day of the quarter and as late (as) one week after (they) first become available.
  • Online application contents: (a) basic information; (b) transcript, grade reports, transfer evaluation sheets through prior quarter, course information; (c) desired major pathway (general communication, journalism, and/or honors) and degree/career goals; (d)essay (up to 500 characters) explaining what led applicant to apply to the major. This can refer to an issue of concern, an inspiring book or article, or a relevant experience; and (e) any other information.
  • Notification: Within approximately 4 weeks.
  • Review: Conducted quarterly by the undergraduate studies staff with oversight by the faculty’s Undergraduate Committee.

Student Advising

Formal advising of undergraduates is conducted by departmental staff. As noted on the area concentrations page, within the general requirements of the major, students choose one conceptual area of emphasis at the upper-division level.

Student Diversity

The Department of Communication is committed to a welcoming and inclusive cultural environment. Outreach efforts to build a well-rounded student body include periodic public lectures with topics and speakers of relevance and an annual event (e.g., a half-day conference or a luncheon) that involves a conversation, dialogue, or presentations on issues of communication and identity.

Distance Learning

The following courses are offered for online learning: COM 340 (History of Mass Communication), COM 304 (Press and Politics in the U.S.), COM 440 (Mass Media Law), COM 468 (Journalism Ethics), COM 484 (Cultural Codes in Communication), and COM 389 (Ethnicity, Gender, and Communication).