GW’s Response to COVID-19

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Our Programs

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Undergraduate Programs

Students can apply to major in either Journalism and Mass Communication or Political Communication. Both programs offer a critical mix of theory and practice to understand the rapidly evolving media environment. We also offer a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs prepare students for the evolving communications landscape with a combination of core courses in theory and media skills. Students develop a tailored foundation for careers in advocacy, government, media relations, public opinion, journalism or academia.


Samantha Cookinham

Samantha Cookinham

B.A. 2020, Journalism and Mass Communication

"SMPA has shaped me as a journalist through exclusive internships and events, learning from top professors and alumni in the industry, involvement in student organizations, and the SMPA and GW community as a whole. I have learned skills that have allowed me to grow professionally and stand out in the field to advance my career."


News and Events

2020 Election and Debates

Susan Page, Chris Wallace and Kirsten Welker Participate in Important Presidential Debate Conversation 

Three weeks after the election, SMPA hosted a conversation about the impact of the presidential debates. The 2020 Presidential debate moderators Susan Page, Chris Wallace, and Kristen Welker, three of the most accomplished and consequential journalists of this election cycle, and the Co-chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Kenneth Wollack offered their perspective on the debates and the future of American Democracy. 

Watch the Event Here >>


The thought of getting back into the space of academia after having graduated college two and a half years ago was both exciting but also daunting. I questioned whether I'd be able to continue to work full-time as I pursue my Master's degree. But, after my very first semester, I realized how supported I was. SMPA's faculty and staff encouraged me every bit of the way and made it possible for me to continue my education at the George Washington University. We are certainly our own community among the greater umbrella that is George Washington, and we do our best to foster a culture that supports one another, but also keeps each other accountable, essentially a family. #SMPAProud
 

Gionelly G. Mills 

M.A. 2022