Communication Studies with Public Advocacy Concentration
- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
What Will I Study?
In the workplace or in the community, we face issues that require taking a position, finding solutions and/or advocating for better conditions. Advocacy is a key communication skill for all careers, but especially for careers in law, government, healthcare, nonprofit organizations, and social services. The ability to advocate appropriately and effectively for personal needs contributes to life satisfaction. In addition to a core of communication classes in persuasion, presentation, group dynamics, and interpersonal skills, students select elective courses from other programs to build the knowledge and skill base needed to effectively advocate in a multitude of circumstances.
One unique feature of the Communication program is that students must complete a Practicum (career internship or research project) including a minimum of 240 hours of contact in a workplace setting or research work (80 hours = 1 credit earned). Students have the option of distributing these credits across multiple placements or projects and can take additional Practicum credits for elective hours. This feature prepares students for life after graduation, adding valuable experience to their resume.
Why Choose This Major?
A LinkedIn report covered by MarketWatch sought to determine the majors that help graduates secure the widest variety of jobs. Communication was ranked in the top ten of most versatile majors. Surveys of employers continually reveal that among the most desirable qualities of a job applicant are communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population.
ADVISOR: Dr. Stephanie Thomson
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Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 121
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Public Advocacy Concentration - Minimum 120 Credits
Electives - to 120 credit hours (40 Credits at 300 or above)