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

Student asks question at SMPA town hall

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.
Allie Coukos

It's a Game of Give and Take

September 15, 2017
GW College Republicans Chair Allie Coukos reflects on the SMPA Media and Politics Town Hall and the relationship between the public and the news media.
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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

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