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

André Gonzales

My Summer in Phoenix with iHeartRadio

October 18, 2018
An only at SMPA experience on the other side of the country, André Gonzales had an exclusive summer internship at the iHeartRadio and NBC News Radio headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Finding Success on the Front Page and Behind the Scenes

October 08, 2018
Senior Justine Coleman found her name on the front page of The Washington Post next to Professor Debbie Cenziper in early September. We asked her about the reporting assignment and what the investigative process is really like.
Jack Johnson and Cheryl W. Thompson

Mini Documentary Features Professor Cheryl W. Thompson

October 17, 2018
Professor Cheryl W. Thompson is featured in the latest "Chasing Corruption" Facebook video series episode about the power of local investigative reporting.
Chuck Todd speaks at GWU

Chuck Todd Urges Journalists to Fight Back

September 26, 2018
The “Meet the Press” host talked at GW about the Supreme Court nominee, the U.S. deputy attorney general and campaigns to discredit mainstream media.

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