Political Communication

The School of Media and Public Affairs is the first-of-its-kind to have a Political Communication major that explores the nature and political effects of our rapidly evolving media environment. Students will learn how mass media, the internet and new information and communication technologies are changing the way politics works in the United States and around the world.

Political communication teaches analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills that allow our graduates to go on to successful careers on the campaign trail, in Congress or in offices and boardrooms around the world. Our faculty of accomplished academics and practitioners teach students how to use media and new information technology to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.


Internship Opportunities 

Being located in the heart of D.C., students have the unique opportunity to apply to internships right on The Hill or at firms that are right around the corner from campus. SMPA provides access to dozens of internship opportunities through our weekly Above The Fold newsletter.




Recent Political Communication Graduate Employers

  • Adferro Public Affairs
  • Ad Council 
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Biden Administration
  • Obama Administration 
  • Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
  • Google
  • Wilson Global Communications USA
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
  • Representative Adam Schiff
  • Representative Lucy McBath
  • Catalist
  • ACLU
  • Broad Street Communications
  • State Representatives 
  • Congressmen/women 
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • National Grocers Association
  • Veterans Benefits Administration
  • Keylight Communications
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Swing Left


Zoya Ansari



"As one of the more unique majors, political communication is offered at less than 20 schools across the country. It allows students of the practice to combine interests in both politics and journalism as they learn information sharing theory, practical communication skills, how media and politics influence one another, and so much more."

Zoya Ansari
SMPA Class of 2021



Degree Requirements

Students must meet the CCAS requirements including the general education requirements for the college. A total of 30 credits are required to major in Political Communication.