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Certificate in Political Communication*

This certificate allows for exploration of the role that communication plays in political systems by combining studies in the fields of communication and government / political science. The Certificate is designed for students seeking preparation for careers as legislative aides, political consultants, campaign managers, speech writers, or lobbyists. Students who complete the certificate will have a solid foundation of communication skills and theory with a working knowledge of the political system.

Housed in the Department of Communication and Department of Political Science, students are required to take:

  • COMM 388, Senior Seminar in Political Communication
  • PS 375, Fundamentals of Political Campaign Management
  • PS 371, Public Opinion & Electoral Behavior, or PS 372, Politics & the Mass Media
  • Two (2) courses from the following list of Communication Studies courses:

                        COMM 245 Argumentation & Debate

                        COMM 345 Advanced Public Speaking

                        COMM 346 Persuasion

                        COMM 349 Small Group Communication

  • One (1) course from the following list of political science courses:

                        PS 310 The American Presidency

                        PS 311 Public Policy

                        PS 316 The Legislative Process

                        PS 331 Introduction to Public Policy

                        PS 370 American Political Parties and Interest Groups

                        PS 371 Public Opinion & Electoral Behavior

                        PS 372 Politics & the Mass Media

                        PS 373 Minority Politics

                        PS 374 Women and Politics

                        PS 435 American Political Thought

The certificate requires a minimum of 15 hours.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Scott Lasley, Head
Department of Political Science
  (270) 745-4558
*No new program enrollment starting Fall 2019.

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