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Degree Requirements

Political Communication and Government


The Political Communication and Government Pathway offers students the opportunity to study the roles of communication in political processes across local, national, and international contexts. Drawing upon theories and concepts from communication, rhetoric, psychology, journalism, and other disciplines, this pathway addresses the centrality of communication in political and governmental deliberations and actions.

Communication courses in this pathway examine the communicative activity of citizens, individual political figures, public and governmental institutions, the media (new and traditional), political campaigns, advocacy groups, and social movements.

  • Lobbyist
  • Legislative Aide
  • Fundraiser/Grants Writer
  • Special Interest Advocate
  • Government Human Resources Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Politician
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • 2082 Introduction to Environmental Communication
  • 4040 Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice
  • 4255 Negotiations and Bargaining  
  • 4270 Intercultural Communication
  • 4282 Environmental Advocacy
  • 4601 Communication and Food
  • 4680 Mass Communication Law and Policy
  • 4720 Global Communication

And see the classes available from other departments under the Environmental Sustainability Minor

Students interested in careers that emerge from this pathway explore jobs in government (federal, state and local), public advocacy, public affairs, and political consulting.  In addition to coursework, students are encouraged to gain practical experience through internships and experiential learning. Examples of internships for this pathway include positions at community-based nonprofit organizations and with local and state governments.

Annenberg Public Policy Center: http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org

Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership: http://www.comm.center.umd.edu/index.htm

Stanford Political Communication Lab: http://pcl.stanford.edu

Pew Research Center for People and the Press: http://people-press.org/

Center for Information and Technology and Society: http://www.cits.ucsb.edu

The Annette Strauss Institute: http://communication.utexas.edu/strauss

Center for Democratic Deliberation: http://cdd.la.psu.edu

Careers in Government: http://www.careersingovernment.com/index.cfm?page=custom&pageID=46