Courses in Political Communication

Below are some of the courses that can qualify towards this interdisciplinary award, but students should watch for Special Topics classes on political communication that might also qualify. Sometimes faculty who teach advanced undergraduate courses will welcome graduate students to join the class, though such classes are not listed here. There may be additional courses offered in other parts of the University, such as the Evans School for Public Affairs, the Jackson School of International Affairs, and the Sociology Department. The goal of the award is to encourage interdisciplinarity, so students are encouraged to look broadly for new opportunities to study political communication.

COM 532, Classical Rhetoric
COM 545, Development of Mass Communication
COM 553, Public Opinion and Communication
COM 552, Citizenship, Democracy & Public Information
COM 555, Political Deliberation
COM 557, Government and Mass Communications
COM 559, Media and Foreign Policy
COM 565, Mass Media Structure
COM 567, Gender, Race, and Communication
COM 577, Communication in Small Groups
COM 584, Ways of Speaking

POLS 505, Comparative Politics
POLS 509, Philosophical Political Theory
POLS 510, Analytical Political Theory
POLS 548, Comparative Political Parties
POLS 550, American Politics
POLS 553, Public Opinion
POLS 552, Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Information
POLS 576, Political Culture
POLS 590, Political Behavior
POLS 593, Theories of Decision Making

Courses in Methodology

A wide range of qualitative, comparative, and quantitative methods courses are offered across the university, and students should consult with their faculty mentors about what tools may best fit their research questions. Ethnography classes are offered in anthropology and sociology, advanced statsitiscs are offered in biostatistics and economics. Within the two main departments with faculty working on political communication, these are some of the courses that can qualify towards the interdisciplinary award.

COM 501, Methods of Inquiry
COM 511, Content Analysis
COM 513, Fieldwork Research Methods
COM 514, Critical Discourse Analysis
COM 515, Rhetorical Criticism
COM 516, Descriptive & Analytic Communication Research Methods
COM 517, Survey Research
COM 520, Statistical Methods in Communication
COM 521, Advanced Statistical Methods in Communication
COM 527, Global Communication Research Methods
COM 528, Designing Internet Research

POL 500, Political Research Design and Analysis
POL 501, Advanced Political Research Design and Analysis
POL 502, Qualitative Research Methods
POL 503, Advanced Quantitative Political Methodology
POL 505, Comparative Politics
POL 510, Maximum Likelihood Methods for the Social Sciences