Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Programs / Minors & Certificates: Certificate in Political Communication

A Certificate in Political Communication

Program Requirements

This certificate program emphasizes the intersection of politics and communication. Students will gain exposure to academic theory and hands-on learning experience that focuses on the relationship between political structures, systems, and processes and professional communication, in particular journalism and public relations. It is designed for students seeking preparation for careers in a number of fields, for example, political consultants, campaign managers, legislative aids, lobbyists, public policy and media analysts, speech writers, political journalists, and public relations professionals.

Required Courses - 9 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PR 3335
    Public Relations Principles
    3
  • or
  • PR 3429
    Persuasion Methods and Strategies
    3

  • POLS 3380
    Mass Media and Politics
    3
  • POLS 3398
    Internship
    3
  • or
  • COM 3398
    Internship in Communication
    3

Elective - 9 Credit Hours

No more than 6 hours of elective coursework may come from one department.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3310
    Concepts in New Media
    3
  • PR 4415
    Topics in Public Relations
    3
  • POLS 3385
    Campaigns and Elections
    3
  • POLS 3388
    Lobbying and Interest Groups
    3
  • POLS 3390
    Political Research On-Line
    3
  • POLS 3394
    Public Polling and Survey Techniques
    3
  • POLS 4412
    Urban Affairs and Problems
    3

Program Total - 18 Credit Hours