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Areas of Concentration

Culture and Media | Health Communication | Organizational Communication
Performance Studies | Public Advocacy | Relational Communication

5. Public Advocacy

This concentration explores how individuals, groups, and media work to shape the world through communication practices. Courses in this concentration investigate how language and images are used in advertising, public speaking situations, communities, and in political arenas to impact policy and lives. In general, these courses involve 1) reading and applying rhetorical theories of persuasion, 2) reading, watching, and/or participating in public events and groups that try to influence policy, and 3) writing papers that analyze and critique the many strategies employed, and 4) making presentations in class and in public on course work. Courses in bold best fit the above description of Public Advocacy; the other courses explore public advocacy as related to the course topic.

COM 3014 Communication, Gender & Identity
COM 3413 Communication & Visual Culture
COM 4016 Public Memory
COM 4030 Women & Communication
COM 4050 Globalization & Democratic Discourse
COM 4104 Communication, Tourism & Travel
ORI 4019 Performing Identity & Culture
ORI 4410 Performance Art
SPC 3230 Rhetorical Theory
SPC 3425 Group Communication
SPC 3513 Argument & Debate
SPC 3602 Advanced Public Speaking

SPC 3653 Popular Forms of Communication
SPC 3680 Rhetorical Analysis
SPC 3710 Communication & Cultural Diversity
SPC 4683 Rhetorical Analysis of Mass Media
SPC 4701 Intercultural Communication
SPC 4714 Communication, Community & Culture