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Political Communication Concentration Offered at Mississippi College

Mississippi College students are pictured with communication professor Merle Ziegler in late August. The students attended a class that's part of MC's new political communication concentration.

Mississippi College’s new political communication concentration is designed to prepare undergraduate students for a fast-growing field.

Starting this Fall on the Clinton campus, MC students will enhance job skills for students seeking career opportunities in public affairs, political campaigns, the government, non-profits and the media.

Students will take six courses from the university’s Political Science Department along with seven others from the Communication Department.

 In addition, students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Communication Department internship with the federal government or another organization in Washington, D.C. It is designed to give them hands-on experience in political circles for one semester.

MC Communication Department instructor Reid Vance says the new concentration will give students more options and boost their training as they get ready to launch careers. Political campaigns in the USA are a billion-dollar industry.

“The number of jobs in the field of political communication has risen significantly in recent years,” Vance said. Students can pursue careers in state, local and federal governments with a political communication concentration. They can also pursue political consulting, diplomacy, speech writing, crisis communications and political advertising.

“The program serves as a solid foundation for success in graduate or law school,” Vance said.

The Mississippi College Communication Department offers bachelor’s degrees in six concentrations plus an online generalist option, as well as five master’s degrees. For more details, visit or contact Reid Vance at 601-925-7785 or