Politics (Political Journalism) | Columbia Journalism School


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

Gain the skills needed for effective political coverage through courses on human politics, human rights and conflict — or specialize in politics through our M.A. Politics concentration for experienced journalists.

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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.

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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 American Politics

How to Cover Armies and Spies

International Newsroom: Human Rights Reporting

M.A. Politics Fall Seminar

M.A. Politics Spring Seminar

Reporting in Conflict Zones

Student Work


Steve Coll

Dean of Columbia Journalism School; Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism

Todd Gitlin

Professor of Journalism; Chair, Ph.D. Program

Nicholas Lemann

Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus; Director, Columbia World Projects