ADVOCACY & POLITICAL ACTION SPECIALIZATION

Overview

The Advocacy and Political Action specialization prepares you to magnify your impact and create meaningful change in the civic engagement, political, and advocacy arenas. Whether your passion for social justice and human rights is in immigration, criminal justice, food security, the environment, or any other issue, you’ll need to expand your skillset and learn the strategies and tactics to successfully mobilize people, organizations, and systems.

You’ll jump right into studying advocacy and organizing, while building on your strong foundation in management, finance, and policy from your core coursework. You can develop deep knowledge in the specific issue area you most care about through a variety of electives, and understand how to apply your learnings to issue campaigns, grassroots organizing, lobbying, and political campaigns. You’ll hit the ground running, bringing your skills to the field through Advocacy Lab and Capstone—working with real-world organizations.

You’ll graduate prepared to organize members of your community, lead a nonprofit issue advocacy campaign, run for elected office, and be a catalyst for positive change around the world.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet

DEGREE CORE Requirements

Students must complete the following courses:

CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics
CORE-GP.1020, Management and Leadership
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy

specialization REQUIREmentS

Students must complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2407, Advocacy Lab: How to Make Change Happen
PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis

Electives

Focus Areas

Focus Areas are optional groupings of courses to help you choose electives. You can go deeper in your specialization and develop more advanced skills by choosing electives within the specialization-related focus areas below. To pursue depth in a focus area we suggest completing 9 credits. To pursue breadth, you may also choose electives across focus areas. 

Civic Engagement and Participation

The Civic Engagement and Participation focus area highlights what you need to bring to your advocacy work. Research and planning within the context of a specific organization, coalition, or campaign, are the essential ingredient to success. Long before your campaign becomes public, you need to think about mission, strategy, teams and the data necessary for planning. These courses will help those who plan to run campaigns gain requisite depth in the structural elements of advocacy.

PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2109, The Legal Context for Policy and Public Management
PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2202, Politics of International Development
PADM-GP.2407, Advocacy Lab: How to Make Change Happen
PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
PADM-GP.2505, Big Data Analytics for Public Policy
PADM-GP.4112, Building Effective Teams
PADM-GP.4116, Participatory Policymaking
PADM-GP.4119, Data Visualization and Storytelling
EXEC-GP.4129, Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations (EMPA)
PADM-GP.4131, Fundamentals of Fundraising
PADM-GP.4313, The Intersection of Finance and Social Justice
PADM-GP.4450, Strategic Communications for Advocacy
PADM-GP.4454, Digital Communications for Advocacy and Politics

Policies and Issues 

The Policies and Issues focus area is a deep dive into issues for which we build and launch advocacy and political campaigns. Depending on your own areas of interest, you can develop critical intimate knowledge in the specific issue area you most care about through these courses, and consider how to apply your learnings to issue campaigns, grassroots organizing, lobbying, and political campaigns. This will allow you to hit the ground running, bringing your knowledge of the issue into the real-world of policy and political change.

PADM-GP.2213, Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present
PADM-GP.2416, Racial Inequality in America: What Do We Do Now?
PADM-GP.2444, Gender & Sexuality in U.S. Policy Formation
PADM-GP.2445, Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
HPAM-GP.2836, Current Issues in Health Policy
PADM-GP.4440, Education and Social Policy
PADM-GP.4455, Labor Movement Politics, Advocacy & Social Change
URPL-GP.4636, Housing and Community Development Policy I
URPL-GP.4638, Housing and Community Development Policy II

School-wide Focus Areas

In addition to the courses in the specialization-related elective focus areas above, to gain a breadth of knowledge and skills you may also wish to choose electives from across course offerings, including from the school-wide focus areas or a different specialization. Relevant school-wide focus areas for you to consider as an Advocacy & Political Action student include, CitiesEducationEnvironment & Climate Change, and more

capstone

The Capstone Program, a year-long consulting or research project that's required for all Advocacy specialization students, puts you out in the world, resolving a problem or conducting an analysis for a client organization.

Students must complete the following courses:

CAP-GP.3401 & 3402 Capstone: Advanced Projects in Policy, Management, Finance, and Advocacy I & II

or

CAP-GP 3148 & 3149 Capstone: Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis I & II