As part of their requirements for an M.A. degree in Communication and Advocacy, students will select a concentrated area of study: Health Communication, Environmental Communication or Strategic Communication. In each concentration, research, theory and practical application are combined to help students develop and refine knowledge and skills essential to becoming effective communication advocates, research investigators and communication research consumers.
Graduate students interested in specializing in environmental communication will complete course work focusing on the multifaceted nature of environmental advocacy, key forums through which competing local to international interests are identified, contested and managed, as well as how various levels of risk are framed, challenged and negotiated. Students graduating with a concentration in environmental communication will be prepared to work in a variety of nonprofit, government and corporate settings constructing and evaluating environmental campaigns, facilitating organizational and group decision making about issues related to environmental practices, communicating effectively with varied stakeholders with conflicting interests, and educating and motivating diverse audiences regarding environmental interests.