Political Communication considers how the way we communicate influences political life, civic culture, and smaller communities, groups, and organizations. It also examines how politics, civil society, and government shape the media institutions through which people understand the world and their lives. Courses in this area consider 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.

Faculty

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.

Baldasty Howard
Bennett Kielbowicz
Ceccarelli McGarrity
Domke Moy
Fearn-Banks Rivenburgh
Foot Underwood

Courses

Undergraduate students who wish to learn more about political communication can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below.

COM 220: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING
COM 234: PUBLIC DEBATE
COM 304: THE PRESS AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
COM 305: THE POLITICS OF MASS COMMUNICATION IN AMERICA
COM 306: MEDIA, SOCIETY, AND POLITICAL IDENTITY
COM 320: ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING
COM 321: COMMUNICATION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
COM 329: RHETORIC OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL MOVEMENTS
COM 340: HISTORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION
COM 343: EFFECTS OF MASS COMMUNICATION
COM 389: RACE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY IN THE MEDIA
COM 407: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND POLITICS
COM 411: SEMINAR IN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
COM 414: MASS MEDIA AND PUBLIC OPINION
COM 417: POLITICAL DELIBERATION
COM 418: COMMUNICATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
COM 423: COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
COM 433: SPEECH COMPOSITION
COM 435: HISTORIC AMERICAN PUBLIC ADDRESS
COM 436: CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PUBLIC ADDRESS
COM 440: MASS MEDIA LAW
COM 444: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND SOCIETY
COM 452: CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS
COM 474: COMMUNICATION, CONFLICT, AND COOPERATION

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