The BA political communication program is unique because it is interdisciplinary; most programs of this type are not. In addition, it is one of fewer than a dozen undergraduate political communication programs in the United States. The curriculum includes an array of courses from political science and communication studies.
In this major, students analyze the intersections of communication and politics. Courses from a variety of departments introduce students to local, national and international political controversies, and communication affects their development.
The political communication program allows students considerable flexibility in their electives and students may choose from one of three methodology courses depending on their interests. Class sizes are small enough to ensure active learning environments. Students also complete internships, which provide the opportunity for experiential learning and are often helpful to students in securing employment after graduation. Internships include working with city and county governments and agencies, the Iowa legislature and state agencies, Congress or federal agencies, and with local, state and national public advocacy groups.
Alumni of the Political Communication program work in Des Moines, Washington, D.C. and across the country in political advocacy, politics, law, and government. Many political communication majors have taken student leadership positions on UNI's campus.