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The Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge on political and policy topics. You’ll also have an opportunity to take a few additional elective courses that match your interests and career goals.

In addition to coursework, the MSJ program offers a variety of experiences that enable you to travel to different cities and countries, gain additional skills, meet alumni and industry professionals and plan for post-graduation.

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 - Chicago (summer)

In Evanston/Chicago

Quarter 2 - Washington, D.C. (fall)

  • Take a core MSJ class:
  • Take specialization-specific courses: 
    • Daily Reporting in a 24/7 News Environment: Two and a half days a week of fast-paced daily reporting on politics and policy and how they affect people
    • Political Reporting Seminar
    • We the People: Demographic Reporting
    • Podcasting

Quarter 3 - Washington, D.C. (winter)

  • Take a specialization-specific courses:
    • Washington Reporting
    • Covering Conflicts, Terrorism and National Security
  • An internship/practicum is an option.
  • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization through Medill Explores to learn about political, policy and foreign affairs reporting in other geographies.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Quarter 4 - Washington, D.C. (spring)

  • Finish the MSJ program by completing a National Security Reporting Project or the Political Reporting Project with partners such as the Center for Public Integrity, The Washington Post, USA Today or others.
  • Take specialization-specific courses:
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)