Interested students from any department may pursue a Minor in Communication and Public Advocacy with the Department of English.
You will study the written, oral, visual, and digital tactics that individuals and groups use to advocate for issues and causes, and you will gain the communication skills that employers consistently list as the most valuable attributes of their ideal employees. This minor provides an excellent preparation for law school.
With this minor, you develop the skills required to express and argue for your ideas in various public settings. You also improve your ability to respond persuasively, through practice analyzing the ideas and arguments of others.
The minor offers a uniquely comprehensive and integrated approach to instruction in writing, speaking, and digital communication. The curriculum fosters and guides production as well as analysis, so that students regularly put into practice the methods taught in class.
The minor pairs very productively with many majors within the College of Arts and Sciences, including those offered by the Media School, the School of Global and International Studies, and the Department of Political Science. It fits as well with many of the College’s certificate offerings, such as the program in Political and Civic Engagement (PACE). Students interested in pursuing law school should seek advising from the Health Professions and Prelaw Center.
You may complete both the Minor in Communication and Public Advocacy and another minor offered by the English Department as long as different courses are chosen to complete each minor. Students pursuing a major in English are not eligible for the Communication and Public Advocacy minor.