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Minor in political communication

UDee mascot and UD students at Election Central 2016

​YouDee joins students at Election Central, Nov. 8, 2016.

A minor in political communication provides University of Delaware undergraduates with the opportunity to experience multidisciplinary teaching and research in the leading edge concepts of political communication and digital technology, as expressed and experienced in political campaigns and public policy debates at the local and national levels. The political communication minor is available to all undergraduate students, but it is especially popular among communication and political science majors. The minor encourages University of Delaware students to become leaders in this rapidly developing field. Students need 18 credits in communication and political science courses to complete the minor. For details about course requirements, go to the political communication minor checklist.


J. Caleb Boggs

​J. Caleb Boggs, U.S. Congressman, Delaware Governor, and U.S. Senator

J. Caleb Boggs Scholarship

The Center for Political Communication awards scholarships to undergraduate students who minor in Political Communication and demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and civic engagement.

The Center for Political Communication is honored to award the J. Caleb Boggs Scholarship since 2011, commemorating the service of former Delaware Governor, U.S. Senator and Congressman "Cale" Boggs. The scholarship is supported by the family of J. Caleb Boggs, and is awarded annually to an undergraduate student minoring in Political Communication.

As U.S. Congressman (1947 to 1953), Governor (1953 to 1960) and U.S. Senator (1961 to 1973) representing the people of the State of Delaware, J. Caleb Boggs embodied the spirit of public service. He lived it and encouraged it, and never forgot the blessings that he and many others enjoyed even during the time of war and the Great Depression, when so many others struggled.

Cale Boggs was raised in a caring family with a strong faith that recognized the value of a good education. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1931, having been an active participant in athletics and holding leadership positions in student government. Later while working in Washington, DC for Delaware’s Senator John Townsend, he earned his law degree from Georgetown University. In 1941, then Army Captain Boggs was called to active duty and served under General George S. Patton in Normandy, the Rhineland, the Ardennes and central Europe with the U.S. Army’s 6th Armored Division, and earning the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre.

Cale Boggs’ tenure at the University of Delaware marked one of the early steps in a long road of opportunities that he met with determination and enthusiasm. And while he went on to do great things as a soldier and elected official – he was forever grateful for the opportunity to attend the University of Delaware – where he made a mark, and an even larger mark was made on him.

Theodore and Lillian Wainwright

​Theodore and Lillian Wainwright

Theodore and Lillian Wainwright Scholarship

The Center for Political Communication annually awards the Theodore and Lillian Wainwright Scholarship in Political Communication to undergraduate students with financial need who are minoring in political communication. The first Wainwright Scholarship was awarded in 2011.

The scholarship is endowed by Joan Wainwright (AS '82), a graduate of the Department of Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences, and her husband Jerome LeBlond (AS '94). Ms. Wainwright is President, Channel and Customer Experience of TE Connectivity. She is also a founding member of the Center’s Advisory Council.

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