Who We Are and What We Do

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington is a broad and diverse major. Students can take a range of courses that reflect their interests and position them to be successful citizens and professionals. At the broadest level, our classes seek to understand how communication operates in our complex and interconnected world. As a communication student, you can choose to refine your speaking and writing abilities. You can choose to explore the social impacts of emerging communication technologies. You can choose to analyze complex images and messages about race and community. Hopefully, you’ll chose to do all of these and more.

Respect for difference and equity is a foundational value in the Department of Communication. We embrace the power of difference as we strive to create classrooms, scholarship, mentoring relationships, and working environments that push past a surface commitment to diversity to foster a true sense of belonging in our Departmental community. The Department of Communication also seeks to prepare scholars and professionals to bring such values into future educational and career spaces. To do so, we strive to promote equity by eliminating barriers and obstacles produced by individual and institutional discrimination. For additional information, please read our Department of Communication Difference and Equity Statement.


Visit the Communication Commons

The Communication Commons in the Department of Communication offers a warm, collaborative space for students to study, work on group projects, host meetings, as well as meet with our student services/advising staff with academic questions.

Current and prospective Communication and Journalism undergraduate majors are welcome to schedule an appointment with an adviser or come in during drop-in hours. For more information on how to set up an appointment, click here.

Our workspaces allow students to set up their laptops and study as well as hook up their computer to our large monitors for collaborative, group learning. If you would like to use our group-work space, feel free to contact advising.

Come by and say hello!

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