Saint Louis University

Interdisciplinary Minor in Political Journalism

Robert Strikwerda, Ph.D., Co-Director
Department of Political Science, McGannon Hall Room 134, 314.977.4238, rstrikwe@slu.edu

Avis E. Meyer, Ph.D., Co-Director
Department of Communication, Xavier Hall Room 317, 314.977.3189, meyerae@slu.edu

The Political Journalism interdisciplinary minor promotes skills in analysis of political phenomena and effective communication of ideas through a variety of platforms. The interdisciplinary minor is suitable for students interested in careers in journalism, public relations in governmental or political organizations, or work on political campaigns.

REQUIRED COURSES (13 hours)
  • CMM 2100  Newswriting - 3 credit hours
  • CMM 4100  Multiplatform Journalism - 3 hours
  • CMM 206L Lab prerequisite for CMM 410 - 1 hour
  • POLS 1100  American Political System - 3 hours
  • POLS 1600  Introduction to International Politics - 3 hours

ELECTIVES (12 hours)

Six hours of Communication electives. Pick from:

  • CMM 3110  Feature Writing
  • CMM 3130 Editorial and Opinion Writing
  • CMM 3140 Essay Writing
  • CMM 3420  Literary Journalism
  • CMM 3060 Political Communication
  • CMM 4160  Editing
  • CMM 4420  Theory of Free Expression
  • CMM 4930 (or 3930)  Special Topics: Courses designed to coincide with major election years and related to journalism and politics.

Six hours of Political Science electives. Pick from:

  • POLS 1200 American State and Local Politics
  • POLS 1510 Politics of the Developing World
  • POLS 2120 The American Congress
  • POLS 2140 The American Presidency
  • POLS 2150  Black Politics
  • POLS 2160 Campaigns and Elections
  • POLS 2520  Introduction to African Politics
  • POLS 2530  Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics
  • POLS 2540  Ethnicity and Internal War
  • POLS 2550  Political Systems of Sub-Sahara Africa
  • POLS 2560  Politics of Asia
  • POLS 2570  Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • POLS 2600  Introduction to International Political Economy
  • POLS 2640  International Terrorism
  • POLS 2650  War and Peace in the Middle East
  • POLS 2660  Middle East in International Politics
  • POLS 3200  Women and Political Leadership
  • POLS 3130 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • POLS 3150 American Presidential Elections
  • POLS 3200 Women and Political Leadership
  • POLS 3500  Asian Miracles
  • POLS 3600  Problems of Globalization
  • POLS 3650  International Relations of Africa
  • POLS 3740  Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy: Theorizing Structural Power
  • POLS 3850  Feminism in Action

TOTAL HOURS - 25

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