Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Advocacy and Social Change Concentration

After completing this concentration, students will be able to:

  • Select and use various communication strategies (including persuasion, argumentation, conflict management, negotiation and mediation) leading to ethical social change;
  • Define, analyze, invent and interpret messages; and 
  • Demonstrate effectiveness as a rhetor, critic and decision maker.

Total Credit Hours 40

School of Communication Core (10 Credit Hours)

  • COMM 100. SOC Seminar
  • COMM 175. Intro to Communication
  • COMM 200. Communication & New Media
  • COMM 215. Ethics & Communication    

Oral Advocacy (3hrs)

  • COMM 101 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking
  • COMM 236 Persuasive Presentations

Theory/Critical Analysis (6 hrs)

  • COMM 220 Introduction to Rhetoric OR COMM 268 Persuasion (choose one) and
  • COMM 220 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • COMM 227 Social Justice and Communication
  • COMM 268 Persuasion
  • COMM 272 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 277 Organizational Communication

Applied (6 hrs)

  • COMM 230 Argumentation & Advocacy (required) and
  • COMM 231 Conflict Mgmt & Mediation OR
  • COMM 237 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 306 Environmental Advocacy

Capstone/Research (3hrs)

  • COMM 367 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 368 Critical Ethnography

Electives (12hrs) includes courses above not taken to meet other requirements

  • COMM 281 Communication, Language and Gender
  • COMM 297 Themes in Communication (approved)
  • COMM 300 Persuasive Campaigns (Topics)
  • COMM 303 Media, Politics and Propaganda
  • COMM 304 Rhetoric of Cold War 9/11
  • COMM 306 Environmental Advocacy
  • COMM 307 Communication and Social Change (Topics)
  • COMM 311 Health Communication
  • COMM 371 Special Topics: Communication (approved)
  • COMM 381 Communication Practicum
  • COMM 393 Communication Internship
  • COMM 398 Directed Study