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.

Trump's First Year

Monday, October 23 | 7:00 p.m. / Doors at 6:30 p.m. | Jack Morton Auditorium
With the White House Press Secretary, White House Correspondents and Political Experts


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

Robin Eberhardt and Lillianna Byington

How to Make The Washington Post Front Page

September 26, 2017
This wasn’t just another class assignment. A semester of investigative reporting, crunching numbers, finding victims and making phone calls took two young journalists far beyond the classroom and onto the front page.
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A Vital and Continued Conversation

September 18, 2017
GW College Democrats Blog Director Emily Milakovic recounts the discussion at the SMPA Media and Politics Town Hall.
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SMPA Town Hall Examines Changes in Media, Politics

September 18, 2017
SMPA co-hosted a town hall on media and politics with the GW College Republicans and GW College Democrats. Students guided the discussion and asked questions to a panel of media and politics experts including a member of Congress.
School of Media and Public Affairs 2017 Fellows

SMPA Announces New Fellows

September 18, 2017
The new class of SMPA fellows includes a member of Congress and distinguished journalists, diplomats and media executives.

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Our Work


Institutes and Projects

The Doumentary Center
Planet Forward