The 15-credit Political Communication minor exposes students to an array of academic skills, substantive knowledge, and professional experiences that will help them analyze, understand, and deploy political discourse in a variety of forms including campaign materials, media coverage, rhetoric, advertisements, constituent communications, persuasive writing, and more technical communication and correspondence. The minor addresses issues such as public opinion formation, strategic communication, press-state relations, communication between publics, political participation, and international relations.

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • COMM 2204 Introduction to Human Communication (formerly COMM 2001)
  • GOVT 2045: Public Opinion or GOVT 2526 Polls and Surveys or GOVT 3040 Politics and the Media*

*If one of these courses is selected as a Required Course it cannot also be selected as an Elective Course (below)

Elective Courses (9 Credits): (At least one course from Communication and one from Political Science from the list below)

  • COMM 2443: Media Ethics
  • COMM 3011: Introduction to Journalism
  • COMM 3012: News writing
  • COMM 3015: Political Reporting
  • COMM 3016: News editing
  • GOVT 1000: American Government and Politics
  • GOVT 2015: Campaigns and Elections
  • GOVT 2045: Public Opinion
  • GOVT 2070: Women & American Politics
  • GOVT 2216: Current Events in Politics
  • GOVT 2300:  Citizenship, Service & Civic Engagement
  • GOVT 2400: Political Ethics
  • GOVT 2500 Social Analysis
  • GOVT 2526: Polls and Surveys
  • GOVT 3040: Politics and the Media
  • GOVT 3801: Current Events Seminar
  • GOVT 4498 or GOVT 4499: Internship in Political Science (approval of instructor required)

Course Descriptions