Communications Arts / Government and Politics, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus

Overview

To succeed in the rapidly changing world of media devoted to informing the public about governmental and political processes, you’ll need to understand how both government and the media work. The combined B.S./M.A. program in Communication Arts and Government and Politics will provide you with this knowledge and allow you to complete both degrees in just five years of full-time study.

While still working toward your undergraduate Communication Arts degree, you’ll enroll in four approved graduate courses in Government and Politics. These courses will still apply to your bachelor’s degree if for any reason you do not wish to continue at the master’s level after four years.

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
schramml@stjohns.edu

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
718-990-1443
mannm2@stjohns.edu

College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Division
718-990-6414
 

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Admission

You should apply to the combined B.S/M.A program during the second semester of your sophomore year, in consultation with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate deans. Qualified candidates for the program meet the same entrance requirements for all St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate programs, which include an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least four undergraduate courses in Communication Arts. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this combined degree program while enrolled.

During your fifth year of study, you may qualify for a graduate assistantship.

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Career Outcomes

In the combined B.S./M.A. program in Communication Arts and Government and Politics, you’ll learn how to present government and political issues through a wide range of media, including: social and mobile media, television and radio broadcasting, advertising, and public relations. With your knowledge of the business, marketing, and management involved in media as well as the governmental structures and forces at play, you’ll be a desirable candidate for careers related to public media, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, public relations, marketing, lobbying and special interests, and more.

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Success Story

Assistant dean in the College of Professional Studies

When Kevin James 11C, 13MBA was a student at St. John's University, he strived to integrate the...