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Certificate in Politcal Communication

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/GOVT 488, Senior Seminar in Political Communication
  • GOVT 375, Fundamentals of Political Campaign Management
  • Two (2) courses from the following list of Communication Studies courses:

                          COMM 245 Argumentation & Debate

                          COMM 343 Speech Analysis / Speech Writing

                          COMM 345 Advanced Public Speaking

                          COMM 346 Persuasion

                         COMM 349 Group Decision Making

                         COMM 443 Persuasion in Contemporary Society

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

                        GOVT 310 The American Presidency

                        GOVT 316 The Legislative Process

                        GOVT 371 Public Opinion & Electoral Behavior

                        GOVT 372 Politics & the Mass Media

                        GOVT 373 Minority Politics

                        GOVT 374 Women and Politics

                        GOVT 435 American Political Thought

The certificate requires a minimum of 15 hours.

For more information, contact:


                                                                             Dr. Helen Sterk, Head
                                                                     Department of Communication

                                                                                            - or -

                                                                      Dr. Saundra C. Ardrey, Head
                                                                   Department of Political Science
                                                                                  (270) 745-4558

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 Last Modified 9/24/14