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Community Leadership and Civic Engagement Major

Advocacy Emphasis Area

Students with an emphasis in Advocacy gain the tools needed to become the voice of an organization or cause.

Are you a great writer? Do you give excellent public presentations? Can you create a compelling story that attracts others to your cause? Do you have a knack for promoting events? Have you ever wanted to influence policies and laws? Do you enjoy the thrill of debating and arguing your beliefs? Do you have an interest in communications? Have you considered working on political campaigns?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then an emphasis in Advocacy may be a good fit for you. Graduates with this emphasis enjoy exciting careers such as: Speech Writer, Campaign Manager, Communications Specialist, Lobbyist, Outreach Coordinator, and Policy Analyst, among others.

Students interested in the Advocacy emphasis must select five of the following courses from at least three different departments:

  • COMS 220   Rhetoric and Public Issues
  • COMS 300   Speech Writing  
  • COMS 302   Introduction to Organizational Communication Theory  
  • COMS 305   Argumentation and Debate  
  • COMS 401   Criticism of Public Rhetoric  
  • COMS 403   Freedom of Speech and Communication Ethics  
  • COMS 470   Campaign Strategies and Development  
  • JOUR 401    Editorial and Opinion Writing  
  • POLS 220    Introduction to Public Policy   
  • PSPA 330X  Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process  OR POLS 330                      
  • PSPA 331X  Introduction to Public Administration OR POLS 331   
  • SOCI 375    Sociology of Organizations  
  • SOCI 379    Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • SOCI 386    Peace and Social Justice