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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Samantha Cookinham outside the New York Times Building

Class Assignment: Work with The New York Times


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.

Samantha Cookinham
B.A. '20, Journalism and Mass Communication


Matthew Ley at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

WHCA Scholarship Awardee Gets Moment in the Spotlight

April 29, 2019
Matthew Ley has received the White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship for all four of his years at GW.
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Over $135,000 Awarded to Students at 2019 SMPA Celebration Night

April 27, 2019
The second annual SMPA Celebration Night brought the SMPA community together to recognize student scholarship and prize recipients, connect with donors and accomplished alumni and to honor the Staub Faculty Excellence Award winner.
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Echo Chambers May Not Be as Dangerous as You Think, New Study Finds

May 13, 2019
New research co-authored by Assistant Professor Ethan Porter suggests that the wisdom of crowds persists in social media echo chambers.
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GW’s Gelman Library Receives Papers of Public Diplomacy Pioneer Walter R. Roberts

May 03, 2019
Dr. Roberts’ papers contain records of the so-called “Stanton Panel” on International Information, Education and Cultural Relations, along with presidential commission reports and congressional hearings on public diplomacy.

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