2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Communication Studies with Public Advocacy Concentration

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

Program Requirements

Communication Studies with Public Advocacy Concentration, BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • 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.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Stephanie Thomson
EMAIL:
PHONE: 231-591-3504

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

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
Practicum 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)