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.
Javier Sauras, '16 M.A. Politics, published several stories stemming from his Master's Thesis, about a program in Bolivia that combines modern maternity medicine with traditional indigenous practices.How One Bolivian Hospital is Battling Maternal Mortality - By Reaching Back Thousands of Years
"Code of Silence," produced by Stabile and documentary students, found that female officers around the country regularly face sexual harassment by colleagues and superiors. This short documentary by Scilla Alecci and George Steptoe was posted on The New York Times website in 2016.
As the New York presidential primary approached, students in the City Newsroom class covered the candidates.Read student coverage.
Caroline Spivack, '16 M.S., reported on women who are first responders in humanitarian actions.Read the Global Citizen Press article.
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