Study the power that media wield in shaping public opinion, crossing boundaries between private and public life, and the role they play in national development. Learn about the social, cultural, economic, political and historical context within which media operate, through courses covering:
Media history, theory and criticism
Practical skills focused on print, video, or digital media
To allow you to focus on your areas of interest, the Communication major program offers both a professional track and a research track. You may choose electives from other School of IAS majors or undergraduate programs at UW Tacoma. Transfer students should plan on two years to complete all degree requirements. This degree is recommended for careers in print and broadcast writing, reporting and editing, web design and in the rapidly growing and interdisciplinary field of media research.
For both the Professional and Research tracks, one of the following prerequisite classes will be necessary for declaring a Communication major. A minimum grade of 2.5 is required for the prerequisite course.
A maximum of 15 credits is allowed to be transferred towards the Communication degree. For questions about this major, contact the Communication major coordinators, Professor Ellen Moore and Professor Ji-Hyun Ahn.
Communication Professional Track
The Professional track offers you a comprehensive approach to the study of media criticism and media writing and production through:
Combined study of media criticism, writing and production
Evaluation of cultural products and consideration of theoretical frameworks
Practical skills focused on either print or broadcast media
Communication Professional Track Degree Requirements
You need to complete 60 credits, which must include a minimum of 20 credits of upper-division courses. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, in order to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in your chosen major.
Communication Foundation: 5 credits, one of the following theory and methods courses
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.
You need to complete 55 credits, which must include a minimum of 20 credits of upper-division courses. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in your chosen major.
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.