Offered jointly by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media and Public Affairs
(SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication combines the Elliott School's globally
recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA's strengths
as a leading school of communication and journalism. The new graduate program, launched in Fall 2008, helps students understand the complex global
information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business;
and how to communicate effectively to global audiences.
Students take a rigorous academic program that prepares them both intellectually
and professionally for exciting careers in the public, private, and non-profit
sectors. A core curriculum focuses on communication, international politics,
international economics, and research methods. Required skills courses on topics
such as developing communication strategies, cross-cultural communication,
public speaking, and editing prepare students for careers in global communication.
Students also choose one of twelve specializations to build expertise on a
major world region or global issue. In the final year, a capstone course tests
students' ability to address a real-world problem using the skills and knowledge
acquired during their course of study.
As a student in the Global Communication program, you will learn about the
fascinating and rapidly evolving global information environment. As a future
or advancing professional in the field, you will learn how to work in this
environment and communicate effectively with audiences worldwide.
Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in 2013: The View from State
January 31, 2013
Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine discusses the new foreign policy tools American diplomats use to engage new publics on new issues.
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