Master of Arts in Public Advocacy
The philosophy of the Department of Rhetoric is based on the recognition that Communication is an integral means of understanding social justice, and fostering community change. Coursework reflects the connection of communication, advocacy and engaged community work, particularly as it involves applied ethics, intercultural communication, and translational science. Students in this degree program will study and understand how power operates individually, socially and institutionally.
The Department of Rhetoric offers a Master of Arts degree in Public Advocacy primarily for students seeking to use advanced communication theory and skills in the pursuit of societal change. This graduate degree offers students flexibility to pursue a broad range of occupations in the public, private and governmental sectors, including: social service program implementation, non-profit leadership, communications and marketing, developing and analyzing policy, community-based participatory research, and implementing community assessments. The department provides a diverse range of courses that include a variety of theoretical, historical, critical, analytical and interactive approaches to public advocacy.
The program of study culminates in a practicum designed to provide students with field experience, feedback, and potential workplace opportunities.