Majors & Programs

Political Communication (BS)

From polling and policy to speechwriting and strategy, this degree will set you up to succeed in any political realm.

No one can doubt the relevance of our globally recognized major in Political Communication. As politics shape society’s present and future, we prepare students to become candidates, pollsters, speechwriters, diplomats, consultants, campaign managers and strategists, policy advisors, press secretaries, government relations officers, nonprofit leaders, and public affairs advocates. 

Our graduates have won and run political offices, and created and implemented advocacy campaigns using new media. They have advanced worldwide polling, drafted legislation, and established bridges between cultures through diplomacy, NGOs, and government agencies, including the U.N., European Union, and US Congress. Emerson Polling, recognized by Bloomberg and FiveThirtyEight for accuracy and reliability, provides students an unparalleled foundation for analyzing the ever-changing political mosaic.

Guided by acclaimed academics and proven professionals who have run presidential, state, and local political and advocacy campaigns, Political Communication students immerse themselves in the art of politics from their first day of class. Through experiential learning like our Presidential and Mid-Term Election projects, students engage with voters and candidates across the US and absorb perspectives from political insiders.

Globally, our students engage in award-winning diplomacy and civic engagement, such as the Rosarito Mexico Immigration and Border Workshop, the Emerson Carlton (Canada) Civic Engagement Program, the France Culture and Language Program, and the Sydney Global PR and Politics Program. For immersion in international relations and European politics, students attend our sister college in Barcelona, Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, the first of its kind recognized by the European Union.