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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.