Political Communication, Minor

The political communication minor is a joint program offered through the departments of communication studies, political science, and journalism. The focus of the minor is on the electoral process, political rhetoric, and the role of media in political life. It is intended to address the interests and needs of students considering careers in the political sphere, either as candidates, employees, volunteers, or reporters in political organizations and campaigns.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Introductory Courses

Complete two of the following:8
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Legal Argumentation, Advocacy, and Citizenship
Social Movement Communication
Understanding Today’s News
American Government

Intermediate/Advanced Courses

Complete four courses from the following lists. At least one course must be taken from each department:16
Communication Studies
Political Communication
Advocacy Writing
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
The History of Journalism: How the News Became the News
The First Amendment and the Media
Political Science
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor