lsu.edu | myLSU | Moodle (LSU Online) | Moodle (LSU CE)
LSU Online logo
Woman standing in front of US Capital

Online Bachelor’s in Mass Communication - Political Communication

Learn More & Receive a FREE APPLICATION WAIVER!

I agree to the Privacy Agreement

Total Credit Hours
120

Cost Per Credit Hour
$379

Change the World Through Communication, Politics, and Law.

Political communication is more than just politics. Practitioners in this field think critically and quickly, become leaders in their communities and understand the importance of effective communication in shaping the policies of the world. Graduates with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication with a Concentration in Political Communication develop skills that allow them to effectively interpret and communicate information to both mass media professionals and other individuals involved in political and governmental processes.

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. 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.

If you care about politics, love to discuss how policies might affect the population, strive to influence how politics is discussed in this country, or simply want to improve the quality of political dialogue, then political communication is the major for you.

Total Credit Hours
120

Cost Per Credit Hour
$379

comm icon

Learn from a leader in political communication

As one of the only political communication programs in the country, The Manship School’s political communication program is designed to prepare you by focusing on the intersection between politics and messaging.

award icon

Learn from a top-tier, award-winning faculty

LSU’s professors are recognized as thought leaders in their fields, ensuring that the online experience is as rewarding as that of an on-campus classroom.

education icon

Connect with an expansive alumni network

LSU’s alumni network can help open doors to opportunities across the country is a wide range of industries.

globe icon

Be a Part of the Tiger Nation

Join more than 250,000 alumni worldwide from the flagship institution of Louisiana.


Explore This Program

Cost

You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BA in Mass Communication with a concentration in Political Communication program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits. LSU Online also offers financial aid to qualified applicants. Click here to learn more.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $379

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $11,370

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $45,480

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for final program cost.

Course Listings
  • MC 2010: Media Writing | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 2015: Visual Communication | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 2035: Digital Brands | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 3080 or 3081: Mass Media Law | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 4090 or 4091: Media Ethics and Social Responsibility | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 3504: Introduction to Political Communication | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 3505: Media and Policy Processes | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 3510: Political Communication Research | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 3520: Political Communication Writing | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC 4520: Advanced Seminar in Political Communication | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC Electives | Credit Hours: 6
  • EXST 2201: Introduction to Statistical Analysis | Credit Hours: 3

One of the following:

  • POLI 2051: American Government | Credit Hours: 3
  • POLI 2053: Introduction to Comparative Politics | Credit Hours: 3
  • POLI 2057: Introduction to International Politics | Credit Hours: 3
Admission Requirements

First Time Freshman

  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • 1030 Old SAT (Critical Reading and Math)/1100 New SAT (Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math)/23 Composite ACT
  • Must be eligible to enroll in university-level English and mathematics courses, as evidenced by a minimum ACT English subscore of 18 (a New SAT Writing and Language score of 25 or Old SAT Critical Reading score of 450) and a minimum ACT Math subscore of 19 (a New SAT score of 500 or Old SAT Critical Reading score of 460)

Transfer Student General Admission Requirements

  • 30* or more transferable (academic, non-remedial) credit hours from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • 2.5 academic GPA on all transferable college work attempted
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level English course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level Math course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken

*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.

To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES

Re-Entry Student Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.0 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.


If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications please reach out to your Enrollment Concierge team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.


Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:

Option 1

Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.

Option 2

Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.

For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.

Why a BA in Mass Communication With a Concentration in Political Communication?

If you find policies exhilarating, are always in the middle of the debate, and want to change the world through communication, politics, and the law, then the BA in Mass Communication With a Concentration in Political Communication is right for you. In this area of study, you will learn to use critical thinking and effective communication skills to help shape and steer the policies that govern our society. This program also provides a solid foundation if you plan to attend law school.


Career Insight Tool

LSU Online & Continuing Education uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to pull real-time labor market information. The company's artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns. This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in-demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers. Please note that your career opportunities are not limited to these options.