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

Imani Cheers, Jeffrey Blount, Wesley Lowery, Lauryn Hill

'Whose Streets?' Screening and Panel with Black Journalists

January 20, 2018
The president of GW’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists recaps their recent panel discussion with black journalists and screening of the documentary "Whose Streets?" about the protests following the police killing of Michael Brown.
Steven Kelly and Koralie Barrau

SMPA Announces 2017-18 Manheim-Sterling Prize Recipients

December 22, 2017
Koralie Barrau, BA '18, and Steven Kelly, BA '18, are the 2017-18 Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prize recipients.
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‘Whose Streets’ Documents Activism in Ferguson

January 20, 2018
Documentary film on the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in the Missouri town is screened and discussed at GW National Association of Black Journalists event.
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Trump's First Year: Evangelical Hubs

January 19, 2018
As President Donald Trump watched his approval ratings sink through 2017, one set of communities remained a relative bright spot for him, the “evangelical hubs.”

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