In the communication major, you will actively and systematically study the power that media wield in the world today. You will study the role media and communication play in shaping public opinion, how it crosses boundaries between private and public life, as well as the role media plays in different intersecting arenas, including culture, society, national and global development, and our own identities. The diverse range of courses in the major encourage the development of important skills related to critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in the following areas:
- Media Criticism
- Media Theory
- Media Production Skills including print, video, or digital media
- Media Social Change
- The Internet and Social Media
- Film and Documentary
The Communication Major offers you the flexibility to focus on your areas of interest by offering a Professional Track and a Research Track. You may choose electives from other majors in the School of IAS or from undergraduate programs at UW Tacoma. Transfer students should plan on two years to complete all degree requirements. This degree provides the education and experience necessary for a wide variety of careers in print and broadcast writing, news reporting and editing, web design, video and digital media production, and media research.
Communication Degree Requirements
In order for students to declare the Communication major, whether they choose the Professional Track or Research Track, they must take one of the following courses and must earn a minimum grade of 2.5 in the course:
A maximum of 15 credits are allowed to be transferred towards the Communication degree.
For questions about the major, contact the Communication major coordinators: