Leadership & Advocacy Program

Are you passionate about social change? Do you want to work as a leader in a nonprofit organization or church? Are you thinking about going to law school? 

The Leadership and Advocacy option in the Communication Studies major will teach you how to be a successful communicator, advocate, and leader. 

This option is designed to prepare you to take a leadership role in private, public and non-profit organizations. 

If you choose this option, you will learn how to reach audiences effectively, advocate on the behalf of others, develop messages to persuade target audiences, and identify problems and implement appropriate solutions. 

Emphasis is placed on the use of computer mediated communication to share information and network across a variety of settings. 

If you choose this option, you will be expected to:

  • Create compelling, effective arguments
  • Analyze, create, and adapt public messages 
  • Identify and apply theories of leadership and persuasion 
  • Be able to resolve conflict in a variety of settings using conflict resolution strategies, mediation, assertion, arbitration, advocacy, and third-party negotiation
  • Use computer mediated communication to effectively share messages and network in different settings

Degree Planning Resources

Contact the Communication Studies Department
Communication Studies Department
DuFresne Performing Arts Center 215


Adam Gaffey
Department Chair

DuFresne Performing Arts Center 204


Alisha Syrmopoulos
Office Manager