Subramanian: Let SMPA stand alone

Freshman Annu Subramanian, a Hatchet columnist, argues that the School of Media and Public Affairs should be entirely separated from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

SMPA students are assigned advisers who double as their professors. They study in a building almost strictly intended for media courses, and they are expected to complete a lengthy list of course requirements that pertain exclusively to the school. To achieve a slot in this institution, students must complete a competitive application process. Journalism and political communication majors are seen as members of their own system, much like the students in the Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It appears SMPA stands alone as an autonomous organ of GW, and with its specific course requirements and highly regulated student body, this setup seems appropriate.

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