Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication
Students in this innovative, interdisciplinary major explore the nature and political effects of our rapidly evolving media environment. They learn how mass media, the internet and new information and communication technologies are changing the way politics work in the US and around the world.
Political communication can make the difference in getting a candidate elected to office, a bill passed, a policy implemented or a war ended. Our curriculum blends theory and practice to develop students' insights and skills in this vital process. Students learn how to use media and the latest information technologies to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time in the political process. Our faculty are accomplished academics and practitioners with expertise in global communication, framing theory, the role of new communication technology in organizing and collective action, strategic communications, public affairs and public diplomacy.
Employers need leaders who understand how to think analytically, listen carefully and communicate persuasively. Political communication teaches the analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills that allow our graduates to be successful from the office and boardroom, to the campaign trail and the US Congress.
Reporting with the POLITICO Journalism Institute
Marianna Sotomayor, Political Communication Major '15, was chosen out of a pool of about 200 applicants for the inaugural POLITICO Journalism Institute. She worked with journalists, editors, and executives from POLITICO and other news bureaus to report on heated political issue, which was then published on POLITICO's print and online edition. Read more about her experience here.