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Program Coordinator
Dr. Valerie Sulfaro
Phone: (540) 568-3997

Political Communication

The program in political communication is designed for those students wishing to supplement their major programs with an emphasis on communication skills, knowledge and abilities specifically relevant to participation in political environments.

Students must complete a core set of courses, an internship or practicum in the field of political communication, and a set of electives. All speech communication majors with a minor in PCOM are required to take a three-credit hour internship in the School of Communication Studies or the Department of Political Science. POSC majors minoring in PCOM must complete POSC 495 to meet the internship requirement. PCOM minors taking SCOM internships must have completed the SCOM major core requirements prior to enrolling in SCOM 495. Students not wishing to complete the eligibility requirements for an internship in SCOM may elect to take a three credit hour practicum in communication studies (contact the coordinator for details). This practicum is open only to non POSC and non-SCOM majors. Before pursuing an internship, students should consult with the PCOM coordinator to ensure that the internship is suitable for the minor.

For majors in communication studies who minor in PCOM, a maximum double counting of six credit hours of course work between the minor and the home academic unit or major is permitted. Those not wishing or able to double count, including non-POSC or non-SCOM majors, must complete 25-26 credit hours for the minor.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government
SCOM 240. Process of Human Communication
POSC/SCOM/SMAD 472. Media and Politics
Choose one of the following:
     Non-POSC and non-SCOM majors
          SCOM 318. Practicum in Communication Studies (3 credits)
     POSC or SCOM majors
          POSC 495. Internship in Political Science (4 credits)
          SCOM 495. Internship in Communication Studies (3 credits)
Choose one of the following:
     POSC 365. American Political Campaigning
     POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections
Choose one of the following:
     SCOM 353. Political Communication
     SCOM 453. Political Campaign Communication
Choose two of the following:
     POSC 362. Political Behavior
     POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
     POSC 383. Women and Politics
     POSC 385. The U.S. Congress
     SCOM 341. Persuasion
     SCOM 346. Free Speech in America
     SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements
     SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism
     SCOM 431. Legal Communication