Political communication is an interdisciplinary minor that is designed to understand the matter in which new technologies and strategies of communication change the emerging political order, and the matter in which the emerging political order structures the dissemination of information among citizens of the United States and other nations.

The minor in Political Communications provides preparation for those students planning further study in graduate or law school, careers in governments, international affairs, political campaigns, political journalism, or private business concerned with government activity.  Moreover, students should further their abilities to construct arguments based upon ethical and relevant data, think clearly and critically, and develop the facility to express themselves persuasively.

Requirements for the Minor (21 semester hours)

POL-307 Political Communication 3
Three courses from the following: 9
COM-105 Mass Media Communication*  
COM-205 Theories of Persuasion*  
COM-322 Argumentation and Debate  
COM-390 Communication and Society: The American First Lady or The Making of the President  
COM-391 Communication Criticism  
COM-393 International Communication  
Political Science
Three courses from the following: 9
GLS-180 Understanding Global Relations  
POL-210 Public Opinion  
POL-230 Methods of Political Analysis  
POL-247 Political Campaigning  
POL-295 Special Project: National Model United Nations**  
POL-295 Special Project: Presidential Election Poll** (only offered in presidential election years)  
POL-301 Civil Liberties in the United States  
POL-305 Political Parties and Electoral Behavior  
POL-306 Political Film  
POL-313 The American Presidency  
POL-315 Global Issues  
Recommended course
One course from the following: 4
COM-490 Independent Research and Study  
COM-491 Internship in Communication  
POL-490 Independent Research and Study  
POL-491 Internship in Political Science  

**May not be counted toward the minor by communication majors.

**Only one special project may be counted toward the minor.