AdmissionsThe 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

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Applications to the Communication major are online and available the first week of autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

Please Note: this link is to the Communication major application only. Click here for admission requirements and application to the Journalism major.

Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants must be current students at the University of Washington. For more information about admission to the UW as a first-year student or transfer student, click here.
  2. COM 200* and another COM 200-level course** must be completed prior to applying. Courses cannot be in-progress during the quarter of application.
  3. Minimum grade of 2.5 in each of prerequisite course guarantees eligibility, NOT admission.
  4. Minimum COM and major GPA of 2.5 guarantees eligibility, NOT admission.

*COM 201, COM 202 are allowed substitutes for COM 200 if taken prior to SPR 2018 at UW, were transferred in from another institution, and/or 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.

Application Requirements

  1. Basic Information. This includes name, address, email, student number, COM courses taken, and grades. Please note: all applications must be submitted using UW emails. Applications will not be considered if the email used in the application is a personal email address.
  2. Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, including the UW are required to be uploaded via DropBox as part of the application.
  3. Program Interests. If you are interested in the Departmental Honors Program, student organizations, minors, and/or additional majors, please indicate so when applying so that we can help you plan out your time at the UW.
  4. Personal Statement. All personal statements must be 2,500 characters long and written about why students want to study communication.
  5. Additional Comments. If you would like to further explain any parts of your application, please use this section.

Admission decisions are sent out the fourth week of the application quarter.

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 conversations and presentations on issues of communication and identity. For more information, please contact advising.

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)