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

Mosheh Oinounou

Hatchet-ing Up the Broadcast Ranks

June 21, 2018
Barely in the door for his first day at a Hill internship, the office was evacuated. This alumnus then grabbed a notebook and hit the streets to report the story of the century for his college newspaper.
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.
Nikki Usher

Women in Beltway Journalism Struggle to Be Heard on Twitter

June 29, 2018
A study by Professor Nikki Usher quantifies the challenges female D.C. journalists face on social media.
Silvio Waisbord

Silvio Waisbord Recognized as International Communication Association Fellow

June 22, 2018
The SMPA Associate Director joins the ranks of the most distinguished communication scholars as an ICA fellow.

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