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LSU Manship School of mass Communication

Political Communication

Political communication is more than just politics. The concentration is for students who want to think, who want to become leaders in their communities and who understand the importance of effective communication in shaping the policies of the world.


If you can’t wait to see the next round of political ads, love to discuss the State of the Union speech, think you could eventually handle the media better than the current press secretary or simply want to improve the quality of political dialogue, then political communication is the major for you.  Critical thinking, public speaking, concise writing and good use of media are the core elements of this degree.  Political communication graduates are highly desirable, whether you want to be a political journalist, campaign manager, political consultant, speechwriter, make political ads or work on public diplomacy.


Open up dynamic, flexible career paths. The Manship School trains students to work in political campaigns; run for elective office; cover politics as journalists; handle press relations for public officials or government agencies; analyze and evaluate policy proposals for government agencies, think tanks, and community foundations; and lobby government and policy makers on behalf of corporations, interest groups, and nonprofits. Graduates of our program are now working on Capitol Hill as press secretaries to members of Congress, at major news networks, and throughout Louisiana politics and government.  Additionally, the political communication concentration is one of the best pre-law programs in Louisiana.  There is never a shortage of career opportunities for young people with skills in political communication. According to the Princeton Review: “An undergraduate degree in political communication is very marketable.”


The Manship School also offers a minor in Political Communication.


Get involved with SPIN (Society for Political Interest and Networking).


Recent internships include:

  • Cook Political Report
  • U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu U.S. Sen. David Vitter
  • U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal
  • AARP of Louisiana
  • Project Vote Smart
  • NBC’s “Meet the Press”
  • MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
  • CBS “Evening News”


Recent graduate placements include:

  • The Advisory Board Company (Washington, D.C.)
  • Politico.com
  • Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • New Media Coordinator, Office of U.S. Representative Buck McKeon (Calif.)
  • Romney for President
  • Cain for President
  • The Office of  U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu
  • U.S. Sen. David Vitter
  • U.S. Rep. Charles Melancon
  • Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
  • Today’s Zaman (Instanbul)
  • Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • MSNBC (New York)


For more information about the political communication area, contact:

Dr. Martin Johnson, Area head | (225) 578-7381 | martinj@lsu.edu