Political Communication Minor Requirements

Political communication is an interdisciplinary minor that is designed to understand the matter in which new technologies and strategies of communication change the emerging political order, and the matter in which the emerging political order structures the dissemination of information among citizens of the United States and other nations.

The minor in Political Communications provides preparation for those students planning further study in graduate or law school, careers in governments, international affairs, political campaigns, political journalism, or private business concerned with government activity.  Moreover, students should further their abilities to construct arguments based upon ethical and relevant data, think clearly and critically, and develop the facility to express themselves persuasively.

Requirements for the Minor (21 semester hours)

POL-307Political Communication
Three courses from the following:
COM-105Mass Media Communication* 
COM-205Theories of Persuasion* 
COM-322Argumentation and Debate 
COM-390Communication and Society: The American First Lady or The Making of the President 
COM-391Communication Criticism 
COM-393International Communication 
Political Science
Three courses from the following:
GLS-180Understanding Global Relations 
POL-210Public Opinion
POL-230Methods of Political Analysis 
POL-247Political Campaigning 
POL-295Special Project: National Model United Nations** 
POL-295Special Project: Presidential Election Poll** (only offered in presidential election years) 
POL-301Civil Liberties in the United States 
POL-305Political Parties and Electoral Behavior 
POL-306Political Film 
POL-313The American Presidency 
POL-315Global Issues 
Recommended course
One course from the following:
COM-490Independent Research and Study 
COM-491Internship in Communication 
POL-490Independent Research and Study 
POL-491Internship in Political Science 

**May not be counted toward the minor by communication majors.

**Only one special project may be counted toward the minor.

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