Political Communication Studies is a program that focuses on human and media communication in the political process and that prepares individuals to function as members of political and public affairs organizations, political campaign staffs, and related government and media entities.
Political Communication majors and degree programs will include instruction in media effects, political speaking and debating, political advertising and marketing, image management, political journalism, opinion polling, and aspects of print and broadcast media related to the production and distribution of media messages in political settings.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Political Communication (use the College Search feature and enter " political communication” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Political Communication Studies?
With this career field being interdisciplinary (communication and political science), you will likely find yourself with a job in (but not limited to) political consulting, foreign service, market research, lobbying, public relations, journalism and digital media, community organization, and political campaigning. Some examples of job titles you can hold are digital strategist, account rep for political digital agency, communications manager for political campaign, social media specialist.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Political Communication
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Association of Political Consultants
- National Communication Association | Political Communication Division
Publications/Magazines in Political Communication