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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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


Provost Forrest Maltzman, Truman Scholar André Gonzales and President Thomas LeBlanc pose after Gonzales got news he is a Truman

Community Comes First for 2019 Truman Scholar

April 15, 2019
André Gonzales was one of 62 award winners for his work as a student advocate and educational activist.
Tyriana Evans

SMPA’s Tyriana Evans Named 2019 Commencement Student Speaker

April 01, 2019
The B.A. candidate in journalism and mass communication will speak about overcoming fear.
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Conservativism in the Age of Trump

April 16, 2019
A panel of conservative journalists and a media critic debated conservative media coverage of the Trump administration at SMPA.
Tom Szaky presents at the Planet Forward Summit

Beyoncé’s Nutritionist, Recycling CEO Discuss Sustainability Storytelling

April 09, 2019
Planet Forward Summit speakers share how to use storytelling to persuade an audience to rethink waste and eat plant-based.

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