Advocacy & Political Action Specialization
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 strategic communications, advocacy, and organizing, while building on your strong foundation in management, finance, and policy from your core coursework. You’ll 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.
Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet
DEGREE CORE COURSES
Students complete the following courses:
Students must also choose and complete 3 credits from the following issue-based courses:
Students must also choose and complete 1.5 credits from the following skill-based courses:
Students choose electives (12 credits) from a wide array of Wagner courses, and may want to choose from the recommended list below: