Concentration Week: Getting to Know Them & How They Can Work For You!

Political Communication

Concentration Week:   Getting to Know Them & How They Can Work For You!

There are numerous lenses through which one can look at politics.  In the Department of Communication, students will focus on politics in the media as they critically think about, analyze, and discuss the modern political process.  People who study Political Communication (PCOM) will graduate with a strong understanding of the political process and how reputations can be managed in a complex public arena.

Our week’s short series looks at Political Communication by telling you what it is, what you’ll study, and what kinds of jobs you can get after graduation!  We’ll also give you the concentration coordinator’s contact information so you can ask the more questions!  Please make it a point to reach out to Phil Wilkerson in Career Services.  He is an excellent resource for internships, jobs, and grad school information.

One of the best reasons to study Political Communication as a concentration through the Department of Communication is to combine the power of communication theory and writing skills with the learned, critical analysis skills our classes will give you.  If you have an interest in working with politicians, being a politician or a lobbyist, working as an advocate for a group of people, or going into law, this concentration is one you should consider!

Additionally, if you already have a major you love, you can pair it with a PCOM minor.  This makes you a solid job candidate because you have the content expertise (major) and a strong understand of the place politics has in media (minor) to effectively do a myriad of jobs.

Those who choose to study Journalism at Mason can take courses such as COMM 454 (Free Speech & Ethics), COMM 261 (Theories of Argumentation), COMM 362 (Argument & Public Policy), COMM 374 (Political Journalism), COMM 412 (Politics and the Mass Media), and COMM 433 (Environmental Communication.) 

Here is a link to our Concentration Folder (  Of course, there are other classes and more information about this concentration you can find here:  2020-2021 Political Communication Concentration The Concentration Coordinator is Dr. Star Muir (  He’ll be happy to answer your questions!

There are numerous jobs you can obtain with a degree that focuses on Journalism as a major or a minor.  In a quick review, I found about 150 words/phrases, but will not list them all here. Think about jobs that involve working with people in a political setting and you’ll be well on your way.  I’ve put a list of careers at the end of this for your perusal.

Studying Communication is exciting and as you read through the posts this week, you’ll discover that much of what you read will cross over into other concentrations here at Mason.  Think about how a major or a minor in Communication will help set YOU on a path to success!

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Careers for Someone Who Studies Political Communication

  • Activism
  • Administrative Aide
  • Advocacy
  • Alternative Media
  • Blogger
  • Brand Management
  • Campaign
  • Character Assassination
  • Climate Change Communication
  • Community Outreach Director
  • Community Relations Director
  • Contractual Law
  • Crisis Manager
  • Defense Law
  • Diversity Consultant
  • Employee Relations Representative
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Executive Communications Strategist
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Lobbyist
  • Government Relations Officer
  • Governmental Press Secretary
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Impression Management Specialist
  • International on-air media talent
  • Labor Negotiator
  • Labor Relations Consultant
  • Law firm recruiter
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Litigation
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Critic
  • Media Law
  • Mediation Specialist
  • Motivational speaker
  • Negotiator
  • New media
  • Nonprofit
  • Paralegal
  • Patient Rights Advocate
  • Persuasion
  • Podcaster
  • Political Activist
  • Political Communication
  • Political Journalism
  • Prosecution
  • Public Advocacy
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Public Interest
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Publicity
  • Reputation Management Specialist
  • Research specialist
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Risk
  • Social Advocacy
  • Social Influencer
  • Social Media Communication
  • Social Service Investigator
  • Social Service Researcher
  • Speechwriter
  • Strategic communication
  • Subsidiary Rights
  • Talk show host
  • Television Reporter
  • Volunteer coordinator