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.


Andrew Desiderio

Andrew Desiderio

Class of 2017
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication

I knew I wanted to be a reporter and I thought the best place to cover politics would be at a school that teaches it in the intersection of media and government. 


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Student-Professor Byline Makes The Washington Post Front Page

SMPA professor Debbie Cenziper and graduate student Scott Nover garnered bylines on The Washington Post front page. It is the second time this year that Cenziper and SMPA students had bylines on The Post's A1.


Our Headlines

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Class Assignment: Work with The New York Times

August 15, 2018
When I enrolled in the Audience Development course, I never imagined that I would spend the semester working with The New York Times to launch a new section.
Mosheh Oinounou

Hatchet-ing Up the Broadcast Ranks

June 21, 2018
Barely in the door for his first day at a Hill internship, the office was evacuated. This alumnus then grabbed a notebook and hit the streets to report the story of the century for his college newspaper.
Jeffrey Blount, Olivier Knox, Karl Stoltz, Shawn Turner

School of Media and Public Affairs Announces 2018-19 Fellows

August 30, 2018
The White House Correspondents’ Association president and a former deputy White House press secretary are among the new SMPA fellows.
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GW Poll Finds Opportunities for Democrats in Midterm Elections

August 23, 2018
The GW Politics Poll shows midterm election fundamentals haven't changed and they're not great for Republicans.

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