The Certificate in Strategic Communication promotes an understanding of an often misunderstood and misnamed tool of statecraft, which is sometimes confused with public diplomacy or public affairs and which even is used as a euphemism for advertisement and propaganda. The coursework is designed to provide the practitioner with an appreciation for the need to integrate policy with all instruments of statecraft, while focusing on specific targets and effective messaging. Students are prepared for careers in public diplomacy, information support operations, strategic communications, and public affairs.
This certificate requires five courses, as listed below, for a total of 20 credits.
- IWP 631 Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy
- IWP 619 Mass Media and World Politics OR IWP 640 Cultural Intelligence for Strategy and Analysis
- IWP 641 Political Warfare: Past, Present and Future OR IWP 618 Information Operations and Information Warfare
- IWP 637 Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare
- IWP 616 U.S. National Security Strategy and Emerging Threats OR IWP 659 Al-Qaeda's Enemy Threat Doctrine
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