Bachelor of Arts in Communication

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Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation with the bachelor of arts degree, each student enrolled in the program must meet the UW Tacoma scholastic standards  (2.0 UW GPA), credits required (minimum 180) and the final-year residency requirement and complete the following program requirements:

  • Complete all general education requirements not met with transfer courses. See advisor for details.
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences course work. Some majors or concentrations may require more.
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits of upper-division course work, including transfer courses and UW Tacoma courses.
  • Complete 5 credits of English composition with a minimum 2.0 grade. This must be completed in a student’s first two quarters at UW Tacoma.
  • Complete the requirements for a major or concentration (minors are optional).
  • No more than 15 elective credits can be taken for a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grade. See advisor for details.
  • Complete at least 45 of last 60 credits in residence at the University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Meet with an advisor to complete a graduation application no later than the second week of the quarter in which the student plans to graduate.

Requires 55-60 credits total including 30 credits of upper-division course work in major.

Professional Track: 60 credits

The Print and Television options of the Professional Track take an integrated approach to the study of media criticism and media writing and production. They are predicated on the belief that the development of the practical skills needed to produce and write materials for media outlets such as television, newspapers, magazines, and public relations firms is enhanced through a critical examination of cultural products and an understanding of multiple theoretical frameworks. At the same time, the ability to critique cultural products is furthered through the development of practical skills, since this advances an understanding of various factors that influence how media products are developed and distributed.

Communication Foundation: 5 Credits

Communication Core:  20 credits

  • From List A, with a minimum of 10 credits of 300- and 400-level TCOM courses required.
  • See the Communication webpage for approved courses from list A that will fulfill Communication Core.

Professional Track Courses: 30 credits

  • From List A, the Communication webpage for approved courses for the Professional Track courses.
  • A minimum of 20 credits from this list must be TCOM courses.

Optional Communication Capstone: 5 credits

Professional Track students may choose to complete a Senior Project (as part of the List B credits). The Senior Project has two main components: students perform a 5-credit internship in the communication industry and write a 10-15 page academic paper. The project is designed to allow senior professional track students to gain needed professional experience while placing this professional experience in a broader theoretical framework. Senior project internships and academic paper topics will vary and must have faculty advisor approval.

See the Communication webpage for more information.

Research Track: 55 credits

The Research Track, through courses on media criticism and methods, media ethics, media law and regulation, media history, political economy of mass media, international and development communication, film studies, and cultural studies, provides a critical overview of the political, economic, historic, social, and cultural contexts of the mass media. In each course, students are encouraged to interrogate the relationship among media, culture, and power, and think critically about the correspondence between processes of media production and consumption. The Research Track prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers in media research; the wealth of theoretical courses in this track is an asset to any student interested in communication theory or practice.

Communication Foundation: 10 credits

Communication Core: 35 credits

  • From List A, with a minimum of 20 credits of 300- and 400-level courses required.
  • See the Communication webpage for approved courses from list A that will fulfill Communication Core.
  • Minimum of 20 credits MUST be TCOM courses.

Research Track Courses: 10 credits

  • From List B, the Communication webpage for approved courses for the Research Track courses.

Optional Communication Capstone: 5 credits

Communication - Research Track students may choose to complete a 5-credit, 25-35 page senior thesis (as part of the List A credits). Ideally, you would have completed all core and foundation courses before undertaking the thesis. The thesis may be supervised only by core Communication faculty. This means early planning is crucial, and you should develop a rapport with your supervisor by the time you reach the thesis stage. See the Communication webpage for more information.

 

(EFFECTIVE WINTER 2021)

Research Track: 55 credits

The Research Track, through courses on media criticism and methods, media ethics, media law and regulation, media history, political economy of mass media, international and development communication, film studies, and cultural studies, provides a critical overview of the political, economic, historic, social, and cultural contexts of the mass media. In each course, students are encouraged to interrogate the relationship among media, culture, and power, and think critically about the correspondence between processes of media production and consumption. The Research Track prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers in media research; the wealth of theoretical courses in this track is an asset to any student interested in communication theory or practice.

Communication Foundation: 10 credits

Communication Core: 45 credits

  • From List A, with a minimum of 20 credits of 300- and 400-level courses required.

Optional Communication Capstone: 5 credits

Communication - Research Track students may choose to complete a 5-credit, 25-35 page senior thesis (as part of the List A credits). Ideally, you would have completed all core and foundation courses before undertaking the thesis. The thesis may be supervised only by core Communication faculty. This means early planning is crucial, and you should develop a rapport with your supervisor by the time you reach the thesis stage. See the Communication webpage for more information.