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Applied Speech Communication with Public Advocacy Concentration

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why choose Applied Speech Communication Public Advocacy Concentration?

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.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Applied Speech Communication Public Advocacy positions students with specific skills and experiences that prepares them for success in a variety of careers in public advocacy.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Applied Speech Communication program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires (1) a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, (2) no grade lower than 'C' in any COMM, or ENGL class, (3) a 2.0 GPA in the applications to the workplace courses, (4) at least 40 credits at or above the 300 level, (5) completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website and (6) completion of a minimum of 120 credits.

More Information

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 121
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3675

Program Coordinator: Dr. Cami Sanderson
Phone: 231-591-2995
email: 

Advisor: Dr. Sandy Alspach
Phone: 231-591-2779
email: 

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Public Advocacy Concentration - Minimum 120 Credits

Applied Speech Communication Major - 54 Credits
Intro to Communication Study
3
Interpersonal Communication
3
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Small Group Decision Making
3
Theories Human Communication
3
Research Methods in Comm
3
Intercultural Communication
3
Organizational Communication
3
Comm Rights-Responsibilities
3
Internship in Communication
1 TO 8
Communication Senior Seminar
3
Public Advocacy Concentration - Minimum 18 Credits
Theories of Persuasion
3
Communicator:Public Advocate
3
Leadership and Communication
3
Choose One:
Argumentation and Debate
3
or
Persuasive Speaking
3
Electives
Choose Two:
Gender Communication
3
Family Communication
3
Diversity and Communication
3
Communication and Conflict
3
Women in Activism Global Persp
3
HIST 301
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
Application to the Workplace or Approved Academic Minor - Minimum 18 Credits

Electives - to 120 credit hours (40 Credits at 300 or above)

University General Education

Communication Competence - 12 Credits
COMM - Achieved in program coursework 
English 1
3
English 2
3
Choose One:
Advanced Technical Writing
3
Advanced Composition
3
Proposal Writing
3
Advanced Business Writing
3
Scientific Understanding - 7 Credits
Elective
Elective w/lab
Quantitative Skills
MATH 115 or higher
(MATH 117 recommended) OR 
MATH 115 or higher proficiency OR
MATH ACT subtest score 24 or higher
Cultural Enrichment - 9 Credits
Electives
One must be 200 level or higher
COMM 231 recommended
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
Foundation course 
200+ level
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