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Undergraduate Career Path: Communication and Public Advocacy

Students concentrating their studies in Communication and Public Advocacy focus on the integration of political and legal communication theory and practice. Coursework emphasizes the role of communication in argument, debate, and politics, including the ethical and rhetorical implications of constitutional guarantees and persuasive strategies characteristic of contemporary political communication. Learning about communication and public advocacy is inspired by questions including:

How does one advocate as, or on behalf of, public servants?

How does one advocate for changes in the social, political, and/or cultural structures of society?

How does one advocate on behalf of environmental causes?

How does one advocate as a participant in the political process?

Recent graduates are attending nationally-ranked law schools, working as state legislative staff, lobbying in Washington, D.C., and managing political campaigns.

CAREER PATHWAYS:

Pre-Law (Legal Advocacy)

You might consider a career in Legal Advocacy if you find these questions compelling:

What roles does communication play in negotiating legal issues (e.g., in pre-trial conferences)?

What skills must advocates possess to communicate effectively in legal settings (e.g., oral arguments in courtrooms, written arguments in legal briefs)?

What laws influence our public communication?

Suggested Tier I Quantitative Course

PHIL 1200

Suggested COMS Core Course

COMS 2150

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

2020 Persuasion

2040 Interviewing

3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management

3600 Introduction to Communication & Public Advocacy

3601 Courtroom Rhetoric

3610 Advanced Argumentation & Debate

4030 Advanced Presentations

4604 Responsibilities & Freedom of Speech

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

Suggested Foundational Courses

POLS 1010 Politics in the United States OR POLS 1600 – Engaging Politics

POLS 2200 The Politics of Law

POLS 4010 American Constitutional Law

Possible Specialization Courses

POLS 4040 Civil Liberties

POLS 4770 Legal Theory and Social Problems

GEOG 3460 Environmental Law

BUSL 2000 Law and Society

AAS 1900 Difficult Dialogues: Race, Law, and Religion in America

AAS 3691 U.S. Constitutional Law: Pre-Civil Rights Movements

ECON 3160 Economics and the Law

HLTH 4445 Health Care Law and Ethics

MDIA 2100 Entertainment Media Law and Finance

SW 3243 Social Welfare Law

Certificate in Law, Justice, & Culture

Political Science Minor

Social & Cultural Advocacy

You might consider a career in Social and Cultural Advocacy if you find these questions compelling:

What social and cultural biases and expectations constrain our ability to understand one another?

What skills must advocates possess to advocate on behalf of and/or for those whose opportunities are limited because of these biases and expectations?

What avenues are available for such advocacy (e.g., nonprofit advocacy groups, social movements)?

Suggested Tier I Quantitative Course

PHIL 1200

Suggested COMS Core Course

COMS 2150

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

2020 Persuasion

3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management

3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication

3600 Introduction to Communication & Public Advocacy

3602 Political Rhetoric

3603 Contemporary Culture & Rhetoric

3610 Advanced Argumentation & Debate

4030 Advanced Presentations

4110 Communicating with People with Disabilities

4530 Communication & the Campaign

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

Suggested Foundational Courses

POLS 1010 – Politics in the United States

AND/OR (depending upon interest in specialization courses)

POLS 1600 – Engaging Politics

WGS 1000 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

GEOG 3270 – Social Geographies

Possible Specialization Courses

POLS 3060 – Politics of Appalachia

POLS 4067 – Women and Politics

POLS 4705 – The Politics of Rights

POLS 4739 – Politics of Race

POLS 4770 – Legal Theory and Social Problems

POLS 4780 – Feminist Political Theories and Movements

POLS 4190 – Gay and Lesbian Politics

POLS 4210 – The Politics of Law and Sexuality

POLS 4710 – Contemporary Radical and Critical Theories

POLS 4720 – Resistance, Reform, and Revolution

POLS 4753 – American Whiteness

POLS 4754 – Black Political Thought

POLS 4755 – Latinos and Politics

POLS 4756 – The Politics of Visibility

GEOG 3400 – Geography of Development

GEOG 3410 – Geography of Hunger and Food Security

GEOG 4450 – Gender, Environment, and Development

AAS 1900 – Difficult Dialogues: Race, Law, and Religion in America

LPA 4590 – Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

LPA 4680 – Nonprofit Fundraising

LPA 4710 – Social Entrepreneurship

LPA 4810 – Public Private Partnerships

LPA 4890 – Nonprofit Management

ENG 3980—Critical Theory for Multi-Ethnic/Cross-Cultural Studies

Women’s Studies Certificate

Global Leadership Certificate

Political Communication Certificate

Diversity Studies Certificate

War and Peace Studies Certificate

Asian Studies Certificate

Latin American Studies Certificate

African Studies Certificate

East Asian Studies Certificate

Southeast Asia Studies Certificate

Social Work Minor

Afro-American Studies Minor

Environmental Advocacy

You might consider a career in Environmental Advocacy if you find these questions compelling:

What roles does communication play in generating awareness, commitment, and action about the environment?

What challenges must be met to generate awareness, commitment, and action about the environment?

What skills must advocates possess to communicate effectively about environmental issues?

Suggested Tier I Quantitative Course

PHIL 1200

Suggested COMS Core Course

COMS 2150

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

2020 Persuasion

3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management

3600 Introduction to Communication & Public Advocacy

3602 Political Rhetoric

3603 Contemporary Culture & Rhetoric

3610 Advanced Argumentation & Debate

4030 Advanced Presentations

4530 Communication & the Campaign

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

Suggested Foundational Courses

GEOG 1400 – Environmental Geography

GEOG 3430 – Global Issues in Environment

POLS 4250 – Environmental and Natural Resources Politics and Policy

POLS 4260 – Politics of the Contemporary Environmental Movement

Possible Specialization Courses

POLS 4880 – Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

GEOG 3460 – Environmental Law

GEOG 4450 – Gender, Environment, and Development

GEOG 4470 – Natural Resource Conservation

GEOG 2680 – Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences

LPA 4710 – Social Entrepreneurship

LPA 4810 – Public Private Partnerships

LPA 4890 – Nonprofit Management

LPA 4590 – Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

LPA 4680 – Nonprofit Fundraising

ENG 3300—Ecological Discourses in English Studies

ENG 3100J—Writing About Environmental Sustainability

 

Certificate in Environmental Studies

Political Communication Certificate

Geological Sciences Minor

Political Science Minor

Environmental Health Studies Minor

Government

You might consider a career in Government if you find these questions compelling:

What roles does communication play in the operation of government?

In what ways can communication be used to enhance relationships between government entities and those they serve (e.g., constituent services, lobbying)?

What skills must governmental advocates possess to communicate effectively to and for constituents?

Suggested Tier I Quantitative Course

PHIL 1200

Suggested COMS Core Course

COMS 2150

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

2020 Persuasion

2040 Interviewing

3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management

3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication

3600 Introduction to Communication & Public Advocacy

3602 Political Rhetoric

3603 Contemporary Culture & Rhetoric

3610 Advanced Argumentation & Debate

4604 Responsibilities & Freedom of Speech

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

Suggested Foundational Courses

POLS 1010 – Politics in the United States

POLS 1600 – Engaging Politics

POLS 2000 – American Politics, Policy, and Administration

Possible Specialization Courses

POLS 4015 – Constitutional Politics

POLS 4065 – American Political Behavior

POLS 4100 – Public Policy Analysis

POLS 4145 – Policy Implementation and Evaluation

POLS 4160 – Legislative Processes

POLS 4180 – Interest Groups in American Politics

POLS 4230 – Political Leadership

POLS 4240 – American Federalism and Public Policy

POLS 4065 – American Political Behavior

ECON 1040 – Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 4250 – Government and Economic Policy

ECON 4300 – Public Finance

GEOG 3250 – Political Geography

GEOG 3500 – Land Use Planning

GEOG 3400 – Geography of Development

LPA 4120 – Public Personnel Administration

LPA 4590 – Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

LPA 4840 – Management Skills for Public Administration

LPA 4850 – Policy Analysis for Public Affairs and Leadership

LPA 4860 – Public Budgeting

LPA 4870 – Financial Management in Government

Certificate in Political Communication

Global Leadership Certificate

Political Science Minor

Economics Minor

Political Communication Certificate

Politics & Campaigns

You might consider a career in Politics & Campaigns if you find these questions compelling:

What roles does communication play in the process of campaigning for public issues and/or as a person seeking public office?

What skills must advocates possess to communicate campaign messages clearly and effectively (e.g., speech writing, campaign promotions)?

What ethical obligations does a communicator possess as they campaign?

Suggested Tier I Quantitative Course

PHIL 1200

Suggested COMS Core Course

COMS 2150

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

2020 Persuasion

2400 Information Diffusion

3602 Political Rhetoric

3600 Introduction to Communication & Public Advocacy

3603 Contemporary Culture & Rhetoric

3610 Advanced Argumentation & Debate

4030 Advanced Presentations

4530 Communication & the Campaign

4604 Responsibilities & Freedom of Speech

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

Suggested Foundational and Specialization Courses

POLS 1010 – Politics in the United States

POLS 2000 – American Politics, Policy, and Administration

POLS 4060 – Elections and Campaigns

POLS 4062 – American Voting Behavior

POCO 2010—Introduction to Political Communication

POCO 4010—Seminar in Political Communication

POLS 3040 – State Politics

POLS 3200 – Urban Politics

POLS 4015 – Constitutional Politics

POLS 4050 – American Political Parties

POLS 4065 – American Political Behavior

POLS 4067 – Women and Politics

POLS 4180 – Interest Groups in American Politics

POLS 4230 – Political Leadership

POLS 4705 – The Politics of Rights

POLS 4739 – Politics of Race

POLS 4190 – Gay and Lesbian Politics

POLS 4210 – The Politics of Law and Sexuality

POLS 4065 – American Political Behavior

Certificate in Political Communication

Political Science Minor