Communication is our passion. And it shows. At the Manship School, students and faculty know each other by name and work closely together. Students find a dynamic place to build the skills they need to work as professionals in media and communication. Through our teaching, generation, cultivation and application of knowledge, and community engagement, we educate creative thinkers and leaders in media advertising, public relations and political professions, and are committed to leading the study and practice of media and public affairs within an evolving technological and global society.
The mission of the Manship School is to produce highly competent communicators with broad knowledge and training in the liberal arts and the media. The school promotes effective communication, critical thinking, and ethical responsibility. Through its teaching, research, and public service, the school is committed to leading the study and practice of media and public affairs. Believing that media should reflect and provide leadership to society, the school seeks diversity in its outlook, student body, faculty, and staff.
21st Century Communicators
While other mass communication programs scramble to keep up with a rapidly changing media landscape, we are taking steps to prepare all students to succeed on every platform – digital, broadcast, print, social media and whatever comes next. The Digital Media Initiative is part of the Manship School’s goal of bringing innovative thinking about the digital environment to the forefront of its educational curriculum. The Social Media Analysis and Creation (SMAC) Lab in Hodges Hall is an open workspace where students, faculty, and industry collaborate on the study and development of the future of mass communication. Here, students and faculty work with industry to create digital, social and mobile platforms and to study these platforms’ effects on audiences. Conceptualized as a combination work and research space, the lab features three walls covered in dry-erase paint, with the fourth wall featuring an Internet-enabled and Web conference-ready television featuring both Google TV and Apple TV platforms.
We offer four areas of concentration: digital advertising, journalism, political communication and public relations. Students in any concentration may pursue our 3+3 Pre-Law Program, which allows Manship School students to complete both a bachelor’s and a law degree with three years of full-time study at LSU and three years of full-time study at the LSU Law Center. Our goal is to ensure students receive excellent and innovative instruction and academic experiences that meet the school's teaching goals. Assessment is, therefore, a crucial, ongoing process that evaluates student learning at the program level with a focus on cohorts. A detailed plan can be found in our Undergraduate Student Learning Assessment Plan.
Focus on Media & Public Affairs
Teaching and scholarship at the intersection of media & public affairs -- It's our signature emphasis, and what distinguishes the Manship School from other mass communication programs. In 1998, the Manship School established the nation's first and only doctoral program specializing in media & public affairs.
The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, an integral part of the Manship School, uses the intellectual muscle of the school’s faculty to help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives. The Reilly Center’s mission is to generate thoughtful programs, dialogue and research about mass communication and its many faceted relationships with social, economic and political issues. Evident in everything the center does is its commitment to strengthen and advance our national leadership in media and politics.
Commitment to Diversity
We are dedicated to creating an educational environment in which diversity is valued and encouraged and is working to be on the forefront of educating both students and professionals on the topic of media diversity. In fact, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awarded its inaugural Diversity and Equity Award to the Manship School. We were cited for our comprehensive diversity plan, fundraising for diversity, organized efforts to recruit faculty and students, constant attention to the classes we offer, faculty research and service to other universities, journalists and their public through its Forum on Media Diversity.
- 60% of our faculty members have conducted research on topics related to diversity.
- We have received four separate grants that involve diversity related concepts.
- In 2021, 27% of our students and more than 30% of our faculty were from historically underrepresented populations.
- The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs helped establish the Forum on Media Diversity, which includes an extensive bibliographic database of academic and professional journal articles, books and conference papers on diversity issues with focus on media, journalism and communication in both national and international contexts. The Media Diversity Forum also serves as the host site for the Minorities and Communication Division of AEJMC.
- We created the nation's first and only Chair in Race, Media and Cultural Literacy.