Fostering the practice and study of communication to inform and transform society for the better

We promote the study of communication and the arts of persuasion, community-building, and journalistic reporting that contribute to the Greek ideal of the "agora" as the center of a democratic, diverse society.

We pursue this mission by encouraging:

Passion to use communication as a powerful tool in the promotion of justice in our world

Perception in effectively interpreting and understanding communication situations and challenges

Performance in being able to prepare and present effective, responsible messages

We envision a world where communication is founded on respect for individual autonomy and equality, and where such communication contributes to self-realization, self-determination, and democracy.

Communication & Media Degree

We prepare you to become an effective, ethical communicator in a variety of contexts. We offer a BA and a Minor degree in Communication and Media with three specializations. 

You must choose a specialization, but the flexibility built into the curriculum allows you also double- or triple-specialize, your educational plan accommodates it.

Our major prepares you for a diverse range of careers, including journalism, corporate communication, non-profit advocacy, and public relations. Drawing on a combination of praxis and theory, courses are designed to teach you about the role of communication in society and provide you with experience in developing your oral, written, visual, and digital communication skills. Internships are a key part of your education, with opportunities at PR agencies, news outlets, arts organizations, non-profits and other organizations across Seattle.

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    Ranked in Top 15%

    Communication and Journalism

  • Top 15% Highest Paid

    Top 15% Highest Paid

    Communication and Media Studies Graduates

  • Top 15% Most Focused

    Top 15% Most Focused

    For Digital Communication

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    Rick Malleus, PhD


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