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USP Communication Sequence

The USP communication sequence (COM 1, COM 2, and COM 3) indicates UW’s commitment to promoting the communication skills of undergraduate students throughout the curriculum.  Ultimately, these courses help develop the intellectual and practical skills that are essential for students to live and work in a rapidly changing world and to be part of an informed citizenry.

Students will develop skills in written, oral, and digital communication as appropriate to specific disciplines and courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level.  Through repeated instruction, practice, and feedback, the communication sequence will emphasize and progressively develop transferable skills for students’ academic work and future professions. The introductory course (COM1) will emphasize foundational skills for academic writing. Intermediate courses (COM2) will emphasize foundational oral and digital communication skills and continue to build on writing skills. Advanced courses (COM3) will emphasize using the discourse of a discipline or interdisciplinary field to communicate to academic or professional audiences through written, oral, and digital communication.

Written communication is the set of abilities required to compose, critically analyze, and present information through writing. Oral communication is a set of abilities required to compose, critically analyze, present, and deliver information through oral interaction. Digital communication is a set of abilities required to compose, critically analyze, and present information through electronic media.




USP Policies:

  1. COM 2 and COM 3 courses can be embedded within the major

Course Policies:

  1. Communication courses must be a minimum of 3 credit hours.
  2. Communication courses will be limited to 24 students.
  3. COM 2 courses should be offered at the 1000- or 2000- level.
  4. Departments must submit syllabi for re-approval every three years for all approved Communication courses.
  5. Exceptions to course policies that are consistent with overall course objectives may be made on a case by case basis. For more information on submitting an exception, please view the COM Exception Request Form.  

Student Policies:

  1. Students will be expected to achieve a grade of “C” or better in COM 1, COM 2 and COM 3 to receive USP credit for the course.
  2. Successful completion of a lower-division communication course (COM 1) will be a perquisite for mid-level communication courses, and successful completion of a mid-level communication course (COM 2) will be a prerequisite for the advance course (COM 3); perquisites will be enforced.



For more information about developing, teaching, redesigning, or improving your COM course, please contact Rick Fisher, director of Communication Across the Curriculum or Nancy Small, USP Chair.

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