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Advocacy and Public Rhetoric

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Advocacy and Public Rhetoric
Stephen Parks
239 HBC
sjparks@syr.edu
315-443-1912

The undergraduate minor in rhetoric and public advocacy is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies as well as the Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the program for the advancement of research on conflict and collaboration in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

The 18-credit minor explores the connections between advocacy, as a pragmatic practice for social change, and rhetoric, as a historical tradition of public argument, within national and local contexts. Students understand advocacy as a practice that includes public argument and reasoning in multiple contexts as well as how each context demands its own set of unique actions. In this way, the minor offers intellectual and practical tools.  

The minor is designed to be of interest to those wishing to learn about the emergence of key public issues; the larger political, social, and economic framework out of which they emerge; and how different constituencies respond. You learn to assess competing interests within a public issue as well as engage in local, regional, and national advocacy campaigns. By the completion of the minor, you come to understand advocacy as a necessary part of citizenship. 

Admissions requirements
The minor is open to all undergraduate SU students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Curricular requirements

Advocacy and Public Rhetoric Courses(9 credits):

Choose either ANT 483 or WRT 301 (which will have a community-based component) as well as two others from the following list:

ANT 372 Intercultural Communications and Conflict(Every 4 years)
ANT 475 Culture and Disputing (Every 2 Years)
ANT 483 Social Movements (Every 2 years, Fall)
CRS 225 Public Advocacy (Every Semester)
CRS 553 American Public Address (Every Year)
LIN 471: Dimensions of Bilingualism and Multilingualism (Every Year)
PAF 101 Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy (Every Semester)
PAF 421 Mediation: Theory and Practice (IR)
PAF 422/ANT 424 Negotiation: Theory and Practice (Yearly)
PAF 424 Conflict Resolution in Groups (IR)
PSC 328 American Social Movements (IR)
PSC 354: Human Rights and Global Affairs (Every Year)
WRT 255: Advanced Argument (Every Year/Term)
WRT 301 Civic Writing (Every Year)
WRT 302: Writing in Digital Environments (Every Year)
WRT 440 Issues in Language and Politics (Every Year)

Advocacy and Public Rhetoric - Subject Areas (9 Credits)
Three courses in one category, unless prior approval from advisors.

LABOR
GEO 273 World Political Economy (Every Years)
GEO 361 Global Economic Geography (IR)
GEO 463 Geography of Homelessness (Even Years)
GEO 573 Geography of Capital (Odd Years)
HST 345  Workers, Organized Labor in The United States
PSC 372: Marxist Theory (Every Year)

ENVIRONMENT
EST 361 History of the American Environmental Movement
GEO 103 America and the Global Environment (Every Semester)
GEO 203 Society and the Politics of Nature (IR)
GEO 215 Global Environmental Change (Every Year)
GEO 340: Geographies of Oil (Even Years)
GEO 353 Geographies of Environmental Justice (Even Years)
GEO 400:  Geographies of Water (Taught in Even Years)
GEO 415: Food: A Critical Geography (Even Years)
GEO 356 Environmental Ideas and Policies (Every Year)
GEO 374 Environment and Development in the Global South (Every Year)
PAF 451: Environmental Policy (Every Year/Semester)
PSC 302: Environmental Politics and Policy (Every Year/Spring)

URBAN COMMUNITIES
ANT 414 Cities, Spaces, and Power (Every 2 Years)
CRS 535 Communication and the Community (Every Year)
GEO 362 - The European City (Every Year)
GEO 563 The Urban Condition: Life and Struggle in the Contested City  (IR)
GEO 564 Urban Historical Geography (Odd Years)
LIN 481 Global Communication through World Englishes (Every Year/Fall)
MAX 132 Global Community (Every Year/Semester)
PSC 354 Human Rights/Global Affairs (Every Year/Fall)
SOC 351 Urban Poverty