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Department of Communication Studies

Political Communication (BS)

John Keane Studies Communication in Politics and Marketing

John Keane talks about what it's like to learn from a presidential campaign manager and intern with Governor Deval Patrick. (Filmed and edited by Emerson College students.)

A major in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy will prepare you for such careers as communication advisor, press secretary, governmental relations officer, nonprofit leader, and cultural affairs advocate, among many others. The program’s core curriculum balances the theory and the practical skills necessary for effective, ethical communication in a changing and complex media environment. Those wishing to pursue this major are strongly encouraged to complete one of three internship opportunities extended by the Department: The Emerson Washington, D.C., semester, the Civic Engagement semester, or the Presidential Campaign semester. 

Program Requirements

CC 200 Communication and the Political World
CC 263 Argument and Advocacy
CC 266 Conflict and Negotiation
CC 280 Communication Theory
CC 303 Politics, Advocacy, and Public Opinion Research
CC 345 The Public Affairs Matrix: Media, Politics, and Advocacy
CC 357 Leadership
CC 475 Capstone in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy

Three courses from the following:

(Departmental advising is available to assist students in developing a specialization with their elective course.)

CC 203 Intercultural Communication
CC 310 Campaign Management
CC 330 Management and Communication
CC 343 Rhetorical Theory: Audience Analysis
CC 344 Rhetoric of Social Movements
CC 410 Language, Symbols, and Political Communication
CC 415 Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue
CC 422 Politics and Comedy: Subversive Laughter
CC 423 Crisis Communication
CC 471 Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication
CC 499 Internship in Communication
PH 300 Special Topics in Political Philosophy (Spring 2013: Citizenship as Civic Engagement)

Recommended Outside Electives

HI 203 Social Movements in the U.S.
PH 110 Ethics and Justice
PL 231 Personality, Power, and Politics
PL 328 Political Thought
PL 332 Civil Rights
PL 333 The First Amendment