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Curriculum

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.

We often add new courses and revise course content to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing journalism and media landscape. As such, our courses are subject to change.

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 - Chicago (summer)

In Evanston/Chicago

  • Take core MSJ courses:
  • Take the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs Seminar
  • Your professors will meet with you, organize specialization meetings and arrange for you to attend events at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, to which you will have a membership.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

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

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

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

  • Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs Reporting Project
  • Take specialization-specific courses:
  • Take a practicum in Washington
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)

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