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. 


Our Headlines

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


Nasser Diallo at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

Building a New Start at SMPA

November 12, 2018
From political asylum, Nasser Diallo arrived in the U.S. speaking only French. Now, with support from the SMPA community, he's on a path for success in politics.
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Alumni on the Campaign Trail

November 06, 2018
SMPA alumni have been the driving force behind midterm campaigns all across the country and are running for national and local offices.
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Voters Steady Heading into Election Day Despite Months of Political Tumult

November 05, 2018
A variety of prominent national political issues over the past few months have yielded little change in voters’ views of most notable political figures, parties and issues.
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GW Poll Finds Remarkably Little Change Ahead of Election Day

November 05, 2018
A new edition of the George Washington University Politics Poll finds little change in people's attitude and political preferences since May.

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