Undergraduate Programs

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The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) brings Washington into the classroom with world-class faculty and speakers. Our students engage with the world around them through internships and access to decision-makers, community leaders and power brokers.

Despite the bustle of GW's urban campus, students in the school experience a genuine sense of community and connection fostered through small classes, frequent SMPA-exclusive events and a sense of common purpose. Our faculty members inspire an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to reflect the demands of the media and the marketplace.

Future graduates come to Washington with ambitious goals, curious minds and diverse backgrounds. They develop a deep understanding of the media's complex role in the way people connect with one another and are informed and governed. Our graduates are future leaders in government, politics, business and journalism.

 

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Journalism and Mass Communication

The Journalism and Mass Communication major offers a critical mix of practice and theory to give students a thorough understanding of the creation, distribution and effects of journalism and media messages.

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Political Communication

Students in the world's first political communication program explore the theory and history of how information is shared and consumed from leading scholars and gain practical strategic communication skills from distinguished practitioners.

Mollie Bowman

Combined Degree Programs

SMPA offers two combined degree programs for students who wish to pursue accelerated graduate study in strategic political communication and attain a higher level of skill and credentials before entering the job market.


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Chuck Todd

Host of NBC's Meet the Press
SMPA National Council Member & Former GW Student

"I wanted to be in Washington, and GW was the only place that had what I wanted... Every accomplishment that I’ve had is because of GW."


Student Stories

Zinhle Essamuah

"Hands Up" Documentary

Zinhle Essamuah, BA ‘15, MA ‘17, produced the award-winning film “Hands Up” documenting the #BlackLivesMatter movement from Ferguson to Baltimore and exploring how millennials perceive and discuss race relations.

Watch the documentary
Chris Evans

Chris Evans Explores Voter Bias

Chris Evans, BA ’16, presented his findings on race and gender bias in elections as part of Research Days 2016, the annual two-day celebration of student research at GW. His presentation placed first in socio-cultural studies.