Political Communication

Dr. David A. Jones, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3771
E-mail: jones3da@jmu.edu

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

Students must complete a core set of courses and then choose to complete two of seven elective courses offered. All speech communication majors with a minor in PCOM are required to take a three-credit hour internship in the School of Communication Studies . Those students minoring in PCOM who are not political science or communication studies majors may complete an internship in either the School of Communication Studies or the Department of Political Science. 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.

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.


Courses Hours

GPOSC 225. American Political System 4

SCOM 240. Process of Human Communication 3

SCOM 353. Political Communication 3

POSC 365. American Political Campaigning 3

POSC/SCOM/SMAD 472. Media and Politics 3

Choose one of the following: 3-4

Non POSC & SCOM majors

SCOM 318. Practicum in Communication Studies. 3 credits.

POSC or SCOM majors

POSC 495. Internship. 4 credits.

SCOM 495. Internship. 3 credits.

Choose two of the following: 6

SCOM 341. Persuasion

SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements

SCOM 453. Political Campaign Communication

POSC 302. State and Local Government

POSC 362. Political Behavior

POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy

POSC 369. Parties and Elections


For additional information, contact the head of the Department of Political Science, the director of the School of Communication Studies or the coordinator of the minor in political communication.