Communication Department

The mission of the Communication Department is to foster the practice and study of communication to inform and transform society for the better. The department promotes 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: 

  1. A passion to use communication as a powerful tool in the promotion of justice in our world
  2. Perception in effectively interpreting and understanding communication situations and challenges
  3. 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.

The Communication and Media degree prepares students to become effective, ethical communicators in a variety of contexts. We offer a BA and a Minor degree in Communication and Media with three specializations: communication studies, journalism, and strategic communication. All students must choose a specialization, but with the flexibility built into the curriculum, they may also double- or triple-specialize, provided they have room in their educational plan to do so.

This major will prepare students 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 students about the role of communication in society and provide them with experience in developing their oral, written, visual, and digital communication skills. Internships are a key part of our students’ education. Students intern at PR agencies, news outlets, arts organizations, non-profits and other organizations across Seattle.

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Contact Us

Christopher Paul, PhD
Department Chair

Verna McKinnon-Hipps
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 206.296.2034