Political Communication

Political Communication

The political communication program at UNI is interdisciplinary and draws from both political science and communication studies.  Political communication students study the creation, dissemination and effects of political information.  Students will develop skills in research, journalism, mass communication and politics.  Critical thinking skills, oral and written communication, and research skills are emphasized.

The 39-hour political communication major includes courses on American politics, mass communication, rhetoric, and research methods.  A three credit hour internship, where students can gain practical experience, is required.


Students wishing to transfer into majors in the Department of Political Science should talk with the department head regarding courses and making the transition to UNI.


Political Communication
Internship programs

Students complete an internship as part of the required curriculum for the political communication major, and the department's internship coordinator provides resources for students seeking internships. Recent students have done internships at Iowa Public Radio, the Office of Senator Charles Grassley, the Office of Representative Bruce Braley, Office of the Governor of Iowa, the Des Moines Register and others.  

Political Communication student meeting
Study abroad and national student exchange program at UNI

UNI offers opportunities for political communication students to expand their experiences and education by studying abroad. There is also a national student exchange program at UNI, which includes the political communications program. 

Political Communication student meeting
Student organizations

Political communication students have opportunities to be involved in a host of student organizations including the Political Science Society, Pre-law Club, Communication Student Association, Interpreters Theatre, and many others. Northern Iowa Student Government is also a group in which many of our students are active.



Media Affairs


Campaign Management


Speech Writer


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Scott Peters
Head, Department of Political Science
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