Social policy and advocacy

Minor in social policy and advocacy

19 credit hours

  • Social policy & advocacy core courses (choose 2 courses)6
    • PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy (3)
    • SoWk 322, Social Welfare Policy and Program I (3)
    • Pubh 310, Public Health Policy and Administration (3)
  • PJCS 309, Advocacy Field Work 1
  • Applied advocacy and/or policy courses (6 credits must be upper level) 12
    • BUS 315, Human Capital Management
    • CJRJ 100, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    • Comm 324, Principles of Public Relations
    • PJCS 220, Inside Out
    • PJCS 325, Mediation: Process, Skills and Theory
    • Pubh 210, Health Promotion in Diverse Communities
    • Soc 391, Methods of Social Research
    • SoWk 229, Child Welfare
    • SoWk 231, Aging in Society
    • SoWk 245, Women’s Concerns
    • SoWk 250, Immigration
    • SUST 205, Sustainability Policy
    • WGS 325, Topics

Planning and advising notes

The social policy and advocacy minor is designed to assist students with a liberal arts major in obtaining knowledge and skills applicable to employment in the non-profit sector. The minor’s four key learning objectives include: 1) Explain the role policy and advocacy plays in the well being of individuals and communities; 2) Demonstrate the use of local and global policy and advocacy skills in organizational and governmental contexts; 3) Engage in ethical policy and advocacy development and practice; and 4) Utilize policy and advocacy development skills in the community.

Double counting will be limited to two courses, at least 12 hours of the minor must be met through discrete courses that do not count toward a student’s major requirements.

Social policy and advocacy minors will take PJCS 309 Advocacy Field Work (1 cr) in conjunction with one of the required social policy and advocacy courses, completing a 40-hr internship in which the student works with a community partner on an advocacy and policy issue related to course content and student interests. Additional applied advocacy classes can be substituted upon approval of the minor advisor.