Why study Political and Public Affairs Reporting?

The certificate program in Political and Public Affairs Reporting provides undergraduate students with a specialty interest in these coverage areas fundamental knowledge and skills for entry into the profession as a newscast political reporter—including as a Multimedia Journalist or "MMJ"—and/or producer.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Completing an Undergraduate Certificate in Political and Public Affairs Reporting provides students the conceptual knowledge and professional skills for entry into the news industry as a reporter, Multimedia Journalist (MMJ) or producer.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources. 

This certificate is jointly run by the Department of Journalism and the School of Public and International Affairs out of the UC College of Arts & Sciences, representing a multidisciplinary blend of approaches. It can be easily combined with any major or two other certificates or minors to create a bachelor of liberal arts major.

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.

You must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours as prescribed in the certificate map of required and elective courses. Also, certificate students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in courses offered for the certificate.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Brian Calfano, Ph.D.
Arts & Sciences Hall, 22B
Cincinnati, OH 45223-0174
(513) 556-3943

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Program Code: 15CRT-PPAR-C1