The MS in Media Advocacy is an interdisciplinary degree designed to teach strategic advocacy skills to communications, nonprofit and government affairs professionals and prepare graduates to succeed as resilient, media-empowered citizens in a global society.

The MS in Media Advocacy consists of 32 – 36 credit hours. Designed for four semesters of study, the program can be accelerated to be completed in as little as two semesters. Students take 14 credits of required core courses from Area 1, which covers the fundamentals of effective advocacy and the legal and ethical frameworks for advocacy practices, and 9-12 credits each in Area 2 – Advocating for Change and Area 3 – Skills for Effective Advocacy. Through the selection of courses in Areas 2 and 3, students can elect to focus their studies and professional skills building on a specific realm of advocacy, such as civil rights or environmental policy, and in advocacy techniques, such as data-driven storytelling, video, experience and information design, and VR/games for engagement and decision-making.

Area 1: Required Core Courses -The Nature of Effective Advocacy (14 credits)

COMM Introduction to Contemporary Advocacy* (4 CH)
COMM Advocacy Research* (4 CH)
LAW The Ethics of Advocacy* (3 CH)
LAW Introduction to the Legal System: Courts; Statutes and Regulations* (3 CH)

*Courses under development

Area 2: Sample Electives – Advocating for Change (select 9-12 credits)

COMM 5230 Representations of Race and Difference (3 CH)
JRNL 6202 Perspective on Journalism Ethics (4 CH)
JRNL 6300 First Amendment in the Digital Age (4 CH)
JRNL 6301 Historical Perspective on Media (4 CH)
JRNL 6354 Public Policy and the Press (4 CH)
LAW 7329 Environmental Law (3 CH)
LAW 7335 Health Law (3 CH)
LAW 7428 Government at the State and Local Level (3 CH)
LAW 7488 Sexuality, Gender and the Law (3 CH)
LAW 7512 Problems in Public Health Law (3 CH)
LAW 7597 Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (6 CH)
LAW 7600 Current Issues in Health Law and Policy (3 CH)
LAW 7606 Drug Law and Policy (3 CH)
LAW 7617 Economic Perspectives on Health Policy (4 CH)
LAW 7649 Law and Social Movements (3 CH)
LAW 7650 Dynamic Lawyering for Systemic Change (3 CH)
LAW 7651 Human Rights in the United States (3 CH)
LS 6180 Health Law Survey (3 CH)
LS 6181 Health Regulation and Compliance (3 CH)

Area 3: Sample Electives – Skills for Effective Advocacy (9-12 credits)

ARTD 5001 Arts in the Public Sphere (4 CH)
ARTD 5202 Photographic Media in Cultural Context (4 CH)
ARTD 5582 Collaborative Video and Community Engagement (4 CH)
ARTE 5901.02 Storylab (4 CH)
ARTG 5100 Information Design Studio 1 – Principles (4 CH)
ARTG 5110 Information Design History (4 CH)
ARTG 5310 Visual Cognition (4 CH)
ARTG 5330 Visualization Technologies (4 CH)
ARTG 5600 Experience Design Studio – Principles (4 CH)
ARTG 5610 Design Systems (4 CH)
ARTG 5620 Notational Systems for Experience (4 CH)
ARTG 6310 Design for Behavior and Experience (4 CH)
ARTG 6320 Design of Information-Rich Environments (4 CH)
COMM 5255 Visual Communication Culture (3 CH)
COMM 5260 Media Production and Critical Theory (3 CH)
GSND 5110 Game Design and Analysis (4 CH)
GSND 6320 Psychology of Play (4 CH)
JRNL 5309 Documentary Production (4 CH)
JRNL 5310 Photojournalism (4 CH)
JRNL 6310 Multimedia Journalism (4 CH)
JRNL 6340 Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling (4 CH)
LAW 7350 Negotiation (3 CH)
LAW 7635 Lab Seminar in Applied Design and Legal Empowerment (2 CH)

Please note that no more than eight credit hours may come from outside the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) and the School of Law (SOL). A minimum of twelve credit hours must be from CAMD and SOL, each. Exceptions allowed on case by case basis in consultation with the program advisor.

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