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 who are not SCOM majors or POSC majors may take POSC 495 or SCOM 318 to fultill their internship requirement (and should contact the appropriate internship coordinator for details). Before pursuing any internship, students should consult with the PCOM coordinator to ensure that the internship is suitable for the minor.

For majors in communication studies or SMAD 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. There is no limit for double counting between the POSC major and the PCOM minor. All students must complete 25-26 credit hours for the minor.

Required Courses Credit Hours
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government 4
POSC/SCOM/SMAD 472. Media and Politics 3
(note that 472L will not count toward this requirement)  
SCOM 240. Process of Human Communication 3
Choose one of the following: 3-4
Non-POSC and SCOM majors  
POSC 495. Internship (4 credits) or  
SCOM 318. Practicum in Communication Studies (4 credits)  
POSC or SCOM majors  
POSC 495. Internship (4 credits)  
SCOM 495. Internship (3 credits)  
Choose one of the following: 3
POSC 365. American Political Campaigning  
POSC 369. Parties and Elections  
Choose one of the following: 3
SCOM 353. Political Communication  
SCOM 453. Political Campaign Communication  
Choose two of the following: 6
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 majors only)  
SCOM 346. Free Speech in America  
SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements  
SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism  
SCOM 431. Legal Communication  




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