Power. Rights. Conflict. Diplomacy. Race. Government.

Develop the habits of mind needed for effective political coverage, whether it involves a local campaign, a multilateral trade agreement or a growing social movement. 

What We Offer

An unparalleled group of veteran journalists teach Columbia students how to cover political events and issues. 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 historical context, 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 around the world.

Explore our degree programs.



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.

Covering Campaign Finance

Covering the 2016 Presidential Race

M.A. Politics Seminar-in-Concentration

Student Work


Steve Coll

Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism

Nicholas Lemann

Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus