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When the Louisiana onAir Council is established, Council members and Louisiana onAir’s Executive Director will work with political science professors and other faculty at Louisiana State University to start Louisiana’s first onAir chapter. This chapter will be partially modeled on the Democracy Squad chapter at George Mason University.

Through its chapters, Louisiana onAir will support the nationwide effort by colleges and universities across the country to  make democracy and civic responsibility a central aspect of higher learning.


Louisiana State University’s onAir chapter will initially focus on training interested undergrad and graduate students on how to curate Louisiana onAir content especially submitting Top News articles, events, videos, and information and moderating forums in each post they curate.

Student curators will also work with state senate and house committee chairs to produce aircasts on issues being discussed and bills being proposed in their committees.

During election season, students with other other organizations like the League of Women Voters, will coordinate and produce aircasted debates with candidates.

The Louisiana State University onAir chapter will also help to establish other onAir chapters at public and private universities and colleges throughout the state.

Louisiana State University

Source: About LSU

LSU Through the Years

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College had its origin in land grants made by the United States government in 1806, 1811 and 1827 for use as a seminary of learning. In 1853, the Louisiana General Assembly established the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana near Pineville, La. The institution opened January 2, 1860. This photo gallery represents a few moments in LSU’s rich history.

Civic Engagement Programs

Source: LSU Engaged Citizens

Engaged Citizen Program

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL), in conjunction with LSU Campus Life , has established the Engaged Citizen Program, which seeks to support and recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate students who engage significantly with their communities to address critical community needs.

Any undergraduate student can apply to be a part of the Engaged Citizens Program—it is not limited by school or discipline.


Students who wish to earn Engaged Citizen honors must complete the following requirements as approved by CCELL or Campus Life:

  • Complete a minimum of seven credit hours of coursework designated as service-learning by CCELL.
    • Register for service-learning sections of general education courses such as ENGL 1001, ENGL 2000, and CHEM 1201.
    • Create your own service-learning experience within any course, pending instructor and CCELL approval.
    • Take service-learning sections of courses in your major or minor field of study.
    • View list of service-learning courses offered every semester.
  • Perform a minimum of 100 approved hours of community service.
    • Engage with pre-approved Campus Life service organizations such as Geaux Big Baton Rouge, Kitchens on the Geaux, and Volunteer LSU.
    • Collaborate with CCELL and Campus Life to find service opportunities that connect your passions to your major/field of study.
    • Upload your service hours for verification on TigerLink, under the LSU Engaged Citizen Program.
  • Turn in a reflective paper detailing your service experience.
    • Document what you’ve learned about the community and yourself as an Engaged Citizen.
    • Connect your work to LSU’s Commitment to Community.
    • Get feedback on your drafts by submitting your work to CCELL staff before the deadline.
    • Review our essay help resources on ECP’s TigerLink.

Ready to register for the program? Join the Engaged Citizens Program on TigerLink, fill out the program application, and our Program Coordinator Grace Moody ( will contact you to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Political Science Programs

Source: Department website

The Department is home to over 350 undergraduate majors and over 50 graduate students. They study with 25 faculty who are well known scholars in a wide variety of fields and who are amongst the most honored teachers at this university. We provide a vibrant place to study and a perfect place to prepare for an active role in politics.

Faculty Highlights

The Department of Political Science is excited to welcome Anna Gunderson and Elizabeth Lane to LSU! Anna and Elizabeth will join us in the Fall of 2019; follow their links to learn more about their past and ongoing research.

Dr. Jas Sullivan was selected as a 2019 Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award winner!

Dr. Kathleen Searles is this years recipient of the Emerging Scholar in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences Rainmaker Award! (Spring 2019)

Graduate Highlights

Dr. Angela McCarthy (2019 Ph.D.) is the recipient of this year’s Josephine A. Roberts LSU Alumni Association 2019 Distinguished Dissertation Award in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences for her dissertation, “The Religious Impact: Understanding the Influence of Religiosity on Attitudes Toward Policy Issues.”

Graduate student, Alex Cole, was awarded the LSU Dissertation Fellowship for the Academic Year 2019-2020

Graduate student, Dmitriy Nurullayev, was awarded the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award. (Spring 2019)

Job Candidates


Use the following links for guidance:


  • 33 hours of political science courses
    • At least 18 of them 3000 or above
    • POLI 2051 American Government;Plus one course (any course) each in the three other fields
      • Comparative Politics;
      • International Politics
      • Political Theory


Department Advising Schedule Fall 2021

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

The LSU Department of Political Science offers an impressive variety of courses for undergraduates in a setting where professors are genuinely interested in undergraduate education. We are a large, comprehensive political science department covering American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Theory. Our teachers regularly win college and university teaching awards and our number of majors consistently ranks among the top two or three in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Political Science Major

Political Science Minor

Honors Program

Internship Program

Study Abroad Programs



Graduate Program

Source: Graduate Program Webpage

Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies

Student Government

Source: Student Government Webpage

About Us

Student Government (SG) is the collective voice for students on campus. We address a wide range of issues from parking and transportation to higher education funding and student life. SG members not only an advocate for student needs, but also actively work to develop policies with university officials. Administrators and SG members meet regularly to work on new initiatives and policies which impact the lives of students across campus.

Along with being the voice of the student body, SG manages student and state funding to support other student organizations, initiatives, programming and events.

SG makes it a top priority to be involved in every aspect of student and campus life at Louisiana State University.

SG has three branches, which include the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branch. The Legislative branch is also known as the Student Senate. For more information about the structure of Student Government, download the org chart.


Source: Internship Website

Internships & Co-ops

An internship provides you with practical work experience in your chosen field.

Internship, Co-op, and Job Guidance for Spring and Summer 2021

As LSU continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic, this internship, co-op, and job guidance is in place to support students in their pursuit of internship, co-op, and job experiences for Spring and Summer 2021.

Already received an internship offer? Congratulations!

IMMEDIATELY upon receiving an offer for an internship or co-op you must officially register your internship/co-op with LSU by following ALL steps in the Internship/Co-Op Registration Policies and Resources document. These steps are required in order to maintain full-time student status which can affect some current scholarships, student admission status, insurance, etc.

Questions after reviewing the Internship/Co-Op Registration Policies and Resources document? Contact Annemarie Menard at 225-578-2162 or


Internship length varies and is agreed-upon between the student and employer. Internships are primarily single, planned educational experiences for students. You may receive academic credit or a grade for your internship work and internships may be paid or unpaid.

For-Credit Internships

For-Credit internships are administered by the student’s respective college and require assignments outside of work. If a student finds an internship on his/her own, and wishes to receive academic credit, the student must work with their respective college contacts and academic advisor prior to participating in the internship. If you are unsure of how your internship could translate for credit please email the Olinde Career Center at or contact your senior college. Parameters (e.g. requirements, agreements, assignments, grades) for such courses are at the discretion of your senior college.

Non-Credit Internships

Non-Credit Internships have no restrictions and no LSU requirements. They are part-time paid or unpaid positions that you take simply to gain valuable professional experience and build your resume. Please use caution in vetting an internship related to your career path.


A co-op (or cooperative education) is a full-time, in-depth, paid work experience directly related to a student’s major and completed during two or more semesters that alternate with academic semesters. Co-op opportunities are frequently found in the fields of engineering, computer science, business, art and design, basic sciences, and agriculture.


Handshake offers a variety of internship and co-op opportunities to students. Students may also inquire about internship or co-op opportunities through networkingresearching the company and following up with informational interviewing or other job search sites.

On-Campus Interviewing program

Every fall and spring semester employers come to campus to interview and hire LSU students for internship, co-op and full-time job positions. It’s an exciting time. Learn more about the On-Campus Interviewing program.

Next steps

IMMEDIATELY upon receiving an offer for an internship or co-op you must officially register your internship/co-op with LSU by following ALL steps in the Internship/Co-Op Registration Policies and Resources document. These steps are required in order to maintain most current scholarships, student admission status, insurance, etc.

Questions after reviewing the Internship/Co-Op Registration Policies and Resources document? Annemarie Menard at 225-578-2162 or


Recent Publications of LSU Faculty


Kinder, Donald R. and Nathan P. Kalmoe (2017). Neither Liberal nor Conservative

Articles & Chapters

Nathan P. Kalmoe: “Toward Conflict or Compromise? How Violent Metaphors Polarize Partisan Issue Attitudes” (Nathan P. Kalmoe, Joshua R. Gubler & David A. Wood, 2017)

Alexander Orwin: “In Search of the Comprehensive Science: The Way to Philosophy of Alfarabi’s Plato.” Interpretation: 44(2): 257-275 (Winter 2018)

Searles, Kathleen, Glen Smith, and Mingxiao Sui. (2018) “Partisan Media, Electoral Predictions, and Wishful Thinking.” Public Opinion Quarterly Special Issue: Psychology of Elections.

Dunaway, Johanna, Kathleen Searles, Mingxiao Sui, and Newly Paul. (2018) “News Attention in a Mobile Era.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 23(2): 107–124.

James R. Stoner: Review of Floyd Abrams, The Soul of the First Amendment; Timothy Garton Ash, Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World; Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, Free Speech on Campus; and Sigal R. Ben-Porath, Free Speech on Campus [“The Free Speech Debate”], in Claremont Review of Books, vol. 18, no. 1 (Winter 2018), pp. 36-39

“Comments on Alexander’s Law and Politics: What Is Their Relation?” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 41(1): 369-372 (Winter 2018)

Balcells, Laia, and Christopher M. Sullivan. (2018). “New findings from conflict archives: An introduction and methodological framework.” Journal of Peace Research 55(2): 137-146.

Sullivan, Christopher M., and Christian Davenport. (2018) “Resistance is mobile: Dynamics of repression, challenger adaptation, and surveillance in US ‘Red Squad’and black nationalist archives.” Journal of Peace Research 55(2): 175-189.

Sullivan, Christopher M., and Zachary P. O’Keeffe. (2017) “Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime.” Nature Human Behaviour 1(10): 730-737


James R. Stoner: “Restoring the Legislative Power: What the Common Law Has to Teach,”  Federalist Society Student Chapter, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, March 28, 2018

The Dignity of Politics,” sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, at Jenner & Block, Chicago, Illinois, March 27, 2018


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