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


Casey Danoff

Making a Wave at Emerge America

December 06, 2018
Junior Casey Danoff helped power a historic election for women during her internship at Emerge America, an organization that helps train Democratic women to run for office.
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Alumna Completes National Investigation into Hate Crimes

November 29, 2018
Lillianna Byington shares her experience investigating hate crimes as part of the prestigious News21 Fellowship.
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What to Expect from a Divided National Government

November 19, 2018
Politicians and Washington power players shared perspectives at an SMPA event about how the new Democratic majority in the House will work with President Trump.
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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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