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Communication with Public Advocacy Concentration B.A. COM-PBAD

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements
COMM 101 Intro to Communication Study 3
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
COMM 299 Theories Human Communication 3
COMM 300 Research Methods in Comm 3
COMM 499 Communication Senior Seminar 3
Directed Electives (18 credits minimum required)
Public Advocacy Concentration (12 credits)
COMM 333 Theories of Persuasion 3
COMM 340 Communicator:Public Advocate 3
COMM 421 Leadership and Communication 1
Select one:
COMM 251 Argumentation and Debate 3
COMM 332 Persuasive Speaking 3
Electives - select 2 courses from the following:
COMM 315 Gender Communication 3
COMM 320 Family Communication 3
COMM 366 Diversity and Communication 3
COMM 370 Communication and Conflict 3
HIST 259 Women in Activism Global Persp 3
HIST 301 Racism in the Modern World 3
INTB 410 Intl Economics-Comm Policies 3
INTB 420 Comparative International Law 3
PHIL 216 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHIL 305 Feminist and Gender Theory 3
PHIL 315 Political & Social Philosophy 3
PHIL 316 Applied Ethics 3
PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
PLSC 122 Amer Gov 2-Policy Making 3
PLSC 323 International Organizations 3
PREL 342 3
PREL 440 Public Relations Strategy 3
SOCY 270 Sociological Theory 3
SOCY 340 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 3
SOCY 341 Community Studies 3
SOCY 345 The Field of Aging 3
SSCI 425 Issues in Public Policy 3
MGMT 492 Lean Svc Enterprse & Leadershp 3
Approved Academic Minor 18 - 24
B.A. Core 3 - 15
The B.A. core consists of COMM 221 and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.

Why choose Communication with 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 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.

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: CamiSanderson@ferris.edu

Advisor: Dr. Sandy Alspach
Phone:   231-591-2779
email:   alspachs@ferris.edu

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