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Political Journalism (Minor)

Saint Louis University’s minor in political journalism teaches you how to analyze and communicate political activities through a variety of media platforms. This interdisciplinary minor is suitable for students interested in careers in journalism, public relations in governmental or political organizations, or who want to work on political campaigns.


SLU's minor in political journalism is a 25-credit-hour program with 13 hours of required communication and political science coursework. You will then pick 12 credit hours of electives for further study in both communication and political science.

Curriculum

Required courses:

  • CMM 2100: Newswriting
  • CMM 2500: Media and Society Lab
  • CMM 4100: Multi-platform Journalism
  • POLS 1100: American Political System
  • POLS 1600: Introduction to International Politics

Approved electives:

  • 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.
  • 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-Saharan 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
Faculty
  • Robert Strikwerda, Ph.D.
  • April Trees, Ph.D.