Advocacy is ongoing. It requires practice. The social issue advocacy major helps you build a pathway to becoming an advocate for the issues that are important to you. Following an interdisciplinary approach, you incorporate courses from a wide range of academic areas, including communication, economics, history, justice systems, sociology/anthropology, philosophy and religion, and more. In these courses, you develop your advocacy skills by studying theories, principles, research methodologies, and best practices for advancing your cause and providing services to communities and organizations for social action. Add that knowledge to a pathway for exploration (an existing minor in an issue you care about OR create one of your own), and you will become a force for positive change.
Faculty members in diverse academic departments are available to help you craft a path that suits your goals and interests.
When you pursue an interdisciplinary studies degree, you have the flexibility to advance your career in a wide range of fields. Potential career options include community organization, education, healthcare, human services, law, non-profit organizations, and government. The social issue advocacy major can also be excellent preparation for graduate school.
The social issue advocacy major encourages you to build leadership skills and connect with peers who share similar interests by getting engaged with student organizations such as:
- Environmental Campus Organization (ECO)
- Hispanic-American Leadership Organization (HALO)
- Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG)
- Allies Connecting Everyone in Society (ACES)
Don’t see a group connected to your issue? Create it!