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Public Advocacy

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

Why Choose Public Advocacy? - Program Spotlight

In the workplace or in the community, we are faced with issues that require people to take 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.

Admission Requirements

This Public Advocacy certificate is open to any student admitted to Ferris State University. The certificate is designed to complement any Ferris major program, or to provide additional post-baccalaureate skills and training.

Graduation Requirements

Students desiring to complete this certificate should file an official declaration with the certificate advisor as soon as possible, and meet with that advisor regularly. The Public Advocacy certificate requires a minimum of 12 credits of course work and a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all course work comprising the certificate. Also, 50% of the credits for the certificate must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

Advisor:  Dr. Stephanie Thomson
Phone:  231-591-3504


Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 113
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone:  231-591-3675

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Public Advocacy Certificate - 12 Credits

Required - 12 Credits
Theories of Persuasion
Communicator:Public Advocate
Leadership and Communication
Choose One:
Argumentation and Debate
Persuasive Speaking