Catalog 2010-2012

Political Communication

The Political Communication major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.


Required core:

  Communication: 48C:080*; 48C:160.....6 hours

  Journalism: 48J:002.....3 hours

  Political Science: 942:014; 943:024.....6 hours

  History: 961:116.....3 hours

  Geography: 970:114.....3 hours

Internship.....4 hours

  Communication: 48C:197 or Political Science: 940:181*.

Senior Seminar in Communications or Political Science: 48C:155 or 940:184.....3 hours

Emphases (select two areas of focus with 6 hours from each area).....12 hours

40 hours


Focus Area 1: State and Local Public Affairs (6 hours)

Political Science: 942:048, 942:131, 942:132.

Focus Area 2: Political Campaigns and Elections (6 hours)

Political Science: 942:112, 942:134, 942:150, 942:151.

Focus Area 3: International Affairs (6 hours)

Political Science: 943:119, 943:143, 943:145.

Geography: 970:116.

Focus Area 4: International Communication (6 hours)

Comunication: 48C:151.

Journalism: 48J:151.

Public Relations: 48P:170.

Focus Area 5: Decision-Making (6 hours)

Communication: 48C:128/CAP:128, 48C:148*, 48C:178.

Focus Area 6: Political Discourse (6 hours)

Communication: 48C:113, 48C:123.

Sociology: 980:138*.

Focus Area 7: Media Analysis (6 hours)

Electronic Media: 48E:021, 48E:131*, 48E:139*, 48E:141*, 48E:161.

*Choice of courses and subsequent prerequisites may increase the length of this program.  These courses have additional prerequisites as follows:

48C:080 has prerequisite of 48C:001.  48C:001 satisfies Category 1B of the Liberal Arts Core.

940:181 has prerequisites of 940:010; 15 hours of political science; Political Science, Political Communication, or Public Administration major.

48C:148 has prerequisite of 48C:004.

980:138 has prerequisite of 980:001 or 990:011, either of which will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.

48E:131, 48E:139, and 48E:141 have prerequisite of 48E:021.