Prerequisites/Introductory Courses:
COM 200*
Additional 5-CREDIT 200-level COM course**

*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

Methods Course:
Please choose one of the following. More information about each course and the Methods requirement can be found here:
COM 301 – Navigating Information Networks for Mass Media
COM 342 – Media Structure
COM 381 – Content Analysis
COM 382 – Social Scientific Approaches to Communication Research
COM 383 – Qualitative Communication Research Methods
COM 420 – Comparative Media Images
COM 426 – International Media Systems
COM 431 – Rhetorical Criticism
COM 435 – Historic American Public Address
COM 436 – Contemporary American Public Address
COM 470 – Discourse: Analyzing Talk and Texts
COM 485 – Fieldwork in Communication Studies
COM 486 – Communication and Culture in Rome: Study Abroad
COM 496 – Honors Seminar

Areas of Study:
Please choose three courses (5-credits each) from one of the following. For more information about each Area of Study click here:

Social and Cultural Communication
Political Communication and Rhetoric
Global Media and Technology

Communication Electives:
20 credits of any COM course that is NOT already counting towards INTRO, METHODS, or AREA OF STUDY can be counted as COM ELECTIVES. Note: some classes outside of the Department of Communication are also allowed in this area. Click here for more information.

Upper Division Courses:
Of the 50 above credits, 25 credits*** must be 300-400 level, with 10 being 400-level and 15 being 300-to 400-level.

*** Requirement for students admitted into the Communication major starting winter 2019. Students admitted prior to winter 2019 may still follow the 20 credit requirement

Transfer Students:
To major in Communication, transfer students must complete 50 COM credits (same as all students), of which 20 must be taken at the University of Washington, including 10 at the 400 level.

Distance Learning

The following courses are offered for online learning through Professional and Continuing Education (PCE). Please see your adviser to make sure you are eligible to take them per the final 60-credit residence requirement:

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)
COM 389 (Ethnicity, Gender, and Communication)