Power. Rights. Conflict. Diplomacy. Race. Government.
Develop the skills needed for effective political coverage, whether it involves a local campaign, a multilateral trade agreement or a growing social movement.
An unparalleled group of veteran journalists teaches Columbia students how to cover political issues and events. Those who wish to build a career reporting on politics have access to a broad range of courses that will advance their goals.
M.S. students get essential training in recognizing the news, cultivating sources and conveying meaning in areas including foreign relations, elections, education, social movements and race.
Students in the M.A. Politics concentration get deep instruction in political theory, political systems and power, learning how to test conventional wisdom and place each new development in its appropriate context. They also study the essential institutions that govern politics, in the U.S. and throughout the world.
In addition to these specific classes, students have the opportunity to report on politics and political issues in many classes throughout the year and receive fundamental training and guidance from experienced faculty members.
Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.
Joanne Faryon and LynNell Hancock's Fall 2019 M.S. Reporting section produced a multipart investigation of the Bronx housing court that looked into the lack of legal resources for tenants and other issues.Housing Injustice: Struggling for Shelter in Bronx Housing Court
For the Fall Business Seminar, Shant Shahrigian, '19 M.A. Business, wrote about a New York City politician who returned donations from oil interests.Green New Deal champion Costa Constantinides accepts Oil Heat PAC cash, gives it up when called out
As the New York presidential primary approached, students in the City Newsroom class covered the candidates.Read student coverage.
Dean of Columbia Journalism School; Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism
Professor of Journalism; Chair, Ph.D. Program
Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus; Director, Columbia World Projects
San Paolo Professor of International Journalism