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. 

The Washington Post article

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

Lillianna Byington

SMPA Senior Joins National Investigation into Hate Crimes as News21 Fellow

April 07, 2018
Lillianna Byington will join journalism students from 19 universities for the 2018 Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia reporting initiative fellowship investigating hate crimes in the U.S.
Storyfest 2018

Six SMPA Students Honored as 2018 Planet Forward Storyfest Finalists

April 02, 2018
Six School of Media and Public Affairs students have been selected as 2018 Planet Forward Storyfest finalists.
David Rhodes

CBS News President Says Crowded News Field Is ‘Arguably Better’

April 23, 2018
David Rhodes visited SMPA with alumni Reena Ninan and Mosheh Oinounou to discuss the future of journalism.
Michael Avenatti and Blake Morant

Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: ‘I’ve Never Quite Had a Case Like This’

April 19, 2018
GW Law alumnus Michael Avenatti talks about his high-profile legal battle over a non-disclosure agreement with President Donald Trump during an event co-hosted by SMPA.

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