Public Diplomacy

Globally minded students who want to build careers in public or international relations will find that our public diplomacy program offers an entire world of possibilities.

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Offered jointly by the Newhouse School and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the public diplomacy program trains students to carry out public communications for governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.

Public diplomacy is a new field that has grown out of a need for professionals who can effectively communicate with diverse national and international audiences. Cross-cultural communication presents complex challenges. 

"I can't think of a more ideal program. It enhanced and challenged me academically but also prepared me for my current position." Jacqueline Cho '10 Jr. associate, TAF'S Center for U.S.- Korea Policy

Your international career begins here

In our program, you will learn about the emerging field of public diplomacy and the ways in which it is evolving beyond traditional practices. Your courses will encompass the study of governments and NGOs and how they communicate and build relationships in ways that have a positive impact on many public and private sector audiences.

You will gain the skills needed to understand how to build relationships with multicultural audiences. Your coursework will teach you how to develop communications programs that describe an organization, convey its vision, explain its actions and capably and confidently advance its message in times of change or crisis.

Featured Faculty:
Steven Pike

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Assistant Professor Public Relations Also teaches in: Public Diplomacy

Steven Pike spent over 20 years with the U.S. Department of State as a diplomat and foreign service officer.

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