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Public Advocacy

Use your communication skills to improve the public good

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Madeleine Fossler
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The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ newest major, Public Advocacy, challenges students to use communication responsibly and effectively in order to enact positive social change.

The purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students for lives and careers focused on the use of communication to improve the public good. This purpose reinforces our Belmont commitment to prepare students to be diverse leaders of purpose, character, wisdom and transformational mindset, eager and equipped to make the world a better place.

Equipping students with communication skills aimed at creating and sustaining social change requires, in addition to personal communication skills, a deep understanding of historical and cultural roots of our current situation. Consequently, at its core, Public Advocacy is situated at the nexus of the liberal arts and professional action.

Public Advocacy is about creating change and requires skills in audience analysis, message development, and use of communication tools. Because there is significant potential for use of these skills and understandings for personal gain and power, this program will emphasize ethical choices, integrity, service, and humility.

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