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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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
Introduction to Media History and Theory (choose two of the following NU-Q courses)
- MIT 212 Exploring Global Media
- MIT 230 Understanding Media Contexts
- MIT 298 Alternative Media in the Middle East
Advanced Media Theory (choose one of the following NU-Q courses)
- MIT 270 Theories of Mediated Communication
- MIT 313 Documentary History and Criticism
- JOUR 390 Special Topics: Islam, America, and the Media
- POLS 390 Media and Politics in the Arab World
- MIT 351 National Cinemas of the Middle East
Introduction to Media and Politics (choose one SFS-Q course)
- GOVT 318 Media and Foreign Policy
- INAF 257 Media, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East
Comparative Politics (choose two of the following SFS-Q courses excluding GOVT 006, 040, 060 or 121)
- GOVT 317 Social Movements and Interest Groups
- GOVT 416 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
- GOVT 444 Arab-Israeli Conflict
- GOVT 458 Arab Politics in Transition
- GOVT 477 Gulf Politics
- INAF 370 Revolutions in Comparative Perspective
- IPOL 368 Islamic Movements
- IPOL 382 Authority and Democracy in MENA
- IPOL 387 EU and GCC: Comparative Perspectives
Note: Courses that satisfy the Certificate requirements may vary each semester or year.
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 Curricular Dean is Heather Kerst, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
- The CMAP Faculty Chair is Mohamed Zayani, Associate Professor of Humanities at SFS-Q.
SFS-Q students must Apply Online to the Certificate in Media and Politics by the posted deadline in their second year of studies. The 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.
Information for Current Certificate Students and Thesis Mentors