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 or through the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) program. 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. Course must be 200-level and have COM-prefix

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

Theory Course:
Please choose one of the following. More information about each course and the Theory requirement can be found here:
COM 325 – Communication, Cities, and Sustainability
COM 332 – Classical Rhetorical Theory
COM 333 – Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
COM 376 – Nonverbal Communication
COM 377 – Organizational Communication
COM 378 – Social Approaches to Interpersonal Communication
COM 389 – Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
COM 434 – Argumentation Theory
COM 444 – Public Relations and Society
COM 452 – Crisis Communications
COM 482 – Interpersonal Media
COM 483 – Communication Approaches to the Study of War
COM 484 – Cultural Codes in Communication
COM 486 – Communication and Culture in Rome: Study Abroad
COM 488 – Race, Gender, and Power in Asian American Media
COM 489 – Black Cultural Studies
COM 490 – Representing Beyond the Binaries: Mixing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
COM 495 – Special Topics in Communication on a case-by-case basis as decided by advising


Communication Electives:
30 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)

VPN Statement

Students should ensure that they can access all Internet resources required for UW Communication courses reliably and safely before registering for any course. Participation in UW Communication courses typically requires students to access Internet resources that may not be accessible directly in some places outside of the UW campus. Specifically, students in UW Communication courses will need to access UW resources including Canvas, UW Libraries which require users to login with a UW NetID, and potentially some external resources such as Zoom, Google Docs, YouTube, and/or eBook websites. Contact the course instructor to request a list of the Internet resources the course will employ prior to enrolling if you are concerned about whether you will be able to access course-required resources.

For students who are off-campus and are in a situation where direct access to course-required resources is not possible, UW IT recommends that students use the official UW VPN, called Husky OnNet VPN (see instructions are below). However, students who are outside the US while taking this course should be aware that they may be subject to laws, policies and/or technological systems which restrict the use of any VPNs. UW does not guarantee students’ access to UW resources when students are off-campus, and students are responsible for their own compliance with all laws regarding the use of Husky OnNet and all other UW resources.

UW-IT provides the Husky OnNet VPN free for UW students via this link, and advises students to use it with the “All Internet Traffic” option enabled (see the UW Libraries instructions and UW-IT’s FAQs regarding the Husky OnNet VPN). Doing so will route all incoming and outgoing Internet through UW servers while it is enabled.