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

Charlie Cook, Amy Walters, Jeremy Marsh, David Wasserman

Serving up Election Analysis at The Cook Political Report

May 16, 2018
As a political news and election junkie, it was a dream come true to intern at The Cook Political Report this spring semester.
School of Media and Public Affairs student prize and scholarship recipients

SMPA Awards Over $150,000 to Students in 2017–2018

April 27, 2018
The first annual SMPA Celebration Night brought the SMPA community together to recognize student scholarship and prize recipients, distinguished alumni and the Staub Faculty Excellence Award winner.
Janet Steele and Senator Bob Corker

SMPA Institute Presents Inaugural Award for Leadership in Public Diplomacy to Tennessee Senator

May 09, 2018
The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication recognizes Sen. Bob Corker for his leadership as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Emma Briant

Facebook’s ‘Monopoly Power’ on Social Media Must be Reduced

April 30, 2018
SMPA visiting scholar Emma Briant, an expert on information warfare, says lawmakers should consider regulating companies like Facebook.

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