Minor, Media and Politics
The interdisciplinary minor in Media and Politics focuses on the interests and needs of students in a contemporary era when the distinction between politics and media is increasingly blurred.
The minor is offered jointly by Northwestern University in Qatar and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. It capitalizes on the strengths of both universities to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the interrelationship between politics and mass media, the theoretical frameworks that help make sense of this relationship, the ability to synthesize insights from multiple disciplines, and the skills to communicate this knowledge to the modern world.
NU-Q’s revised Media and Politics minor (effective September 2018) provides students with enhanced learning opportunities through increased flexibility of courses, strengthened mentoring, and final assessments that better reflect the program’s goals.
The interdisciplinary Media and Politics minor emphasizes the following skills:
The Media and Politics minor capitalizes on the strengths of NU-Q and GU-Q to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role of mass communication in political, diplomatic, and policy-making processes, as well as the role of politics in the shaping of mass media products and policies. The coursework prepares students to better understand how politicians, diplomats, and policy-makers influence, and are themselves influenced by, the media in its myriad forms.
The Media and Politics minor introduces students to key issues and theoretical frameworks for studying and analyzing the complex interrelationship between media and politics. The coursework prepares students to better understand and apply theories in the fields of media and politics.
The Media and Politics minor balances breadth and depth to accomplish a crucial learning aim of synthesis, enabling students to assess, critically analyze, and interact with data from multiple sources and disciplines to enhance both the quality of their work and their abilities to solve complex and important problems of the modern world. The coursework and assessments allow the students to form a holistic and inclusive understanding of the interrelationship between media and politics.
The Media and Politics minor emphasizes the importance of clear and persuasive communication. It is not enough in the modern world to have knowledge; we must be able to communicate a narrative of that knowledge in a clear, concise, accurate, and powerful manner, using a variety of media.
The minor is open to NU-Q students and GU-Q students only. NU-Q students who fulfill the following requirements will earn a minor in media and politics. Georgetown students will earn a certificate in media and politics.