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 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
POLS 330 Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process OR PSPA 330X
POLS 331 Introduction to Public Administration OR PSPA 331X