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Rigorous, relevant scholarship.

The UW Department of Communication prepares students for the changing landscape of 21st century communication at a time when the dissemination of authentic, fact-based information has never been more critical. Our undergraduate offerings focus on communication literacy and inquiry; theory and concepts; and community engagement. Graduate students conduct original research on how communication manifests across a wide range of social domains. The department is actively committed to sustaining a diverse learning community — approximately half of our undergraduate majors are people of color. 

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13 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to nine Communication alumni


The skills our majors develop — critical thinking, effective written and verbal communication, respect for diverse perspectives — open opportunities in a wide range of career paths. Communication alumni are journalists, entertainment industry professionals, marketing specialists, corporate and nonprofit leaders, political and civil officials, and more.

Career Paths

A degree in communication can lead to a career as a(n):

  • Journalist
  • Author
  • Executive producer
  • Showrunner  
  • Corporate leader
  • Public relations manager
  • Digital and social media strategist 
  • Educator 
  • Speech writer
  • Attorney 
  • Entrepreneur
  • Politician
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Build your professional network.

The department’s Undergraduate Mentoring Program pairs undergraduate students with Communication alumni to support students’ professional development. Program participants develop strong relationships with their mentors and benefit from job-sharing opportunities, interviewing tips and general career advice.

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Find Yourself in Communication

Learn to effectively and clearly convey information and ideas by developing strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Department of Communication Stories

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The Truth About Public Speaking

Becoming an effective public speaker requires planning and practice. Professor Matt McGarrity and consultants at the UW Center for Speech & Debate are available to help.

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Mentorship for Black Professionals, Earbuds Not Included

Identity Unboxed, a podcast created by alums Tiana Cole and Brad Blackburn III, explores the experiences of Black professionals in the Seattle area.

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Raising the (Sustainable) Roof

Alexa Bednarz (BA, Communication, 2012) turned an idea for environmentally friendly roofing material into Eco-Shelter Inc. Its first manufacturing facility will open in India in 2024.