The Certificate in Media and Politics (CMAP) is offered jointly by Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) and Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). It capitalizes on the strengths of both universities to provide students with an enhanced 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.
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SFS-Q students must Apply Online to the Certificate in Media and Politics by the posted deadline in their second year of studies. Juniors may also apply if they can show they can complete the certificate in time for graduation. The application deadline is usually in March.
There are limited seats available in the Certificate Program’s courses, so the application process is competitive. The review committee will look at overall grade point average and courses taken as part of our assessment. We will pay special attention to the essay, so make sure it is concise and well-written. The essay must address specific academic areas of interest and how these connect to the Certificate.
As an interdisciplinary program, Media and Politics will:
- Provide students with an enhanced 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, messages, and policies.
- Prepare students with a better understanding of how politicians, diplomats, and policy-makers influence, and are themselves influenced by, the media in its myriad forms, genres, and formats.
- Introduce students to key issues and theories in media and politics and help them reflect on the connectedness between these two fields of study.
- Equip students with theoretical frameworks for studying and analyzing the complex interrelation between media and politics.
Northwestern University in Qatar students can pursue a Minor in Media and Politics. NU-Q students should refer to the NU-Q website for detailed program requirements.
CMAP Specific Requirements
3 courses at NU-Q + 3 courses at SFS-Q + certificate thesis
Instead of requiring two comparative politics courses from Georgetown, Georgetown CMAP students now only take one comparative politics course and the second course can be any advanced politics course, whether comparative or not. This change takes effect with the students who declared the certificate in April 2017. The new CMAP requirements for Georgetown students are as follows:
The Certificate in Media and Politics requires that students complete six courses total plus a 25-30 page thesis.
Three courses are taken at Georgetown, and they comprise:
- one core media and politics course
- one advanced comparative politics course
- one advanced politics course
Three courses are taken at Northwestern, and they comprise:
- two introduction to media theory courses
- one advanced media theory course
In the senior year, each SFS-Q student pursuing the Certificate in Media and Politics writes a 25-30 page research thesis on a topic related to media and politics, under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students can elect to revise and expand a paper undertaken as part of a previous course.
The completed thesis must be reviewed and approved by the Media and Politics faculty. The student will give a formal presentation of the thesis during the spring semester in which the thesis is completed.
All of the above requirements must be successfully met to earn the Certificate in Media and Politics. The Certificate is then posted to the official Georgetown University transcript.
Sample Degree Plans
Students from any SFS-Q major can apply and be accepted to pursue the Certificate in Media and Politics. This sample degree plan chart shows what the third and fourth years of studies might look like if pursuing a major and the CMAP and is meant to help with curriculum planning. The chart assumes the following:
- Core curriculum requirements have been completed by the end of the second year
- 3.5 years of language instruction are needed to achieve language proficiency
Use this chart as a guide, but recognize that each student’s degree plan will vary.
Interested students should discuss the Certificate in the context of curriculum planning with their academic advisors. They should then contact the curricular dean for the Certificate in Media and Politics and/or the faculty chairperson of the Certificate in Media and Politics.
- The CMAP Faculty Chair is Rory Miller, Professor at SFS-Q.
- The CMAP Curricular Dean is Heather Kerst, Senior Assistant Dean for Advising and Curriculum.
Information for Current Certificate Students and Thesis Mentors