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

Kara Zupkus

Breaking News at the Washington Examiner

February 13, 2018
My reporting was featured on the Washington Examiner front page for several hours and tweeted by several political figures — something I could have only dreamed of as a journalism student.
Miguel proposes to Saira on a snowy New York City rooftop

2018 Colonial Valentines: Saira and Miguel

February 07, 2018
We had many Gelman study dates, and long talks and lots of laughter in Kogan Plaza. Six years after Miguel asked me to be his girlfriend, he asked me if I would marry him.
Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Paul J. Selva

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Discusses Greatest Threats

February 14, 2018
Over 30 reporters from the Defense Writers Group’s member organizations sat down with Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
April Ryan, Darlene Superville, Yamiche Alcindor, Nia Malika-Henderson and Cheryl W. Thompson

Black Women Journalists Embrace Challenge of White House Coverage

February 12, 2018
Black women journalists describe covering the Trump administration as chaotic and tough but embrace the challenge during a panel discussion.

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