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Public Advocacy

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose a Public Advocacy Minor?

In the workplace or in the community, we are faced with issues that require people to take a position and to advocate for better solutions. Advocacy is a key communication skill for all careers, but especially for careers in law, government and social services. The ability to advocate appropriately and effectively for personal needs contributes to life satisfaction. Students select elective courses from an array of disciplines to build a knowledge base for the workplace or community for which they will advocate.

Admission Requirements

This Public Advocacy minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State University pursing a baccalaureate degree except those pursuing a B.S. in Applied Speech Communication. This minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. Students should choose courses carefully to avoid excessive overlap with their major or second minor. A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

Students desiring to complete this minor should file an official declaration with the minor advisor as soon as possible, and meet with that advisor regularly throughout their college experience. An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. The Public Advocacy minor requires a minimum of 18 credits of course work in communication, nine of which are at the 300 level or above, and a minimum 2.0 grade average in all communication  course  work  comprising  the minor.  Also, 50% of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information 

Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Thomson
Phone: 231-591-3504
Email: 
 
Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 113
Big Rapids, MI 49307  
Required Courses
Credit Hours

Public Advocacy Minor - 18 Credits

Required - 12 Credits
Theories of Persuasion
3
Communicator:Public Advocate
3
Leadership and Communication
3
Choose One:
Argumentation and Debate
3
Persuasive Speaking
3
Electives - 6 Credits
Choose Two:
Gender Communication
3
Family Communication
3
Organizational Communication
3
Women in Activism Global Persp
3
HIST301
Array
Intl Economics-Comm Policies
3
Comparative International Law
3
Introduction to Ethics
3
Feminist and Gender Theory
3
Political & Social Philosophy
3
Applied Ethics
3
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
International Organizations
3
PREL 342
Array
Public Relations Strategy
3
Sociological Theory
3
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
3
Community Studies
3
The Field of Aging
3
Issues in Public Policy
3
Lean Svc Enterprse & Leadershp
3
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