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 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.

DEGREE CORE COURSES

CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
CORE-GP.1020, Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy

REQUIRED COURSES

Students complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
PADM-GP.4137, Strategic Communication
PADM-GP.4407, Advocacy Lab I
PADM-GP.4408, Advocacy Lab II

Students must also choose and complete 3 credits from the following issue-based courses:

PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2202, Politics of International Development
PADM-GP.2213, Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present
PADM-GP.2416, Segregation and Public Policy
PADM-GP.2444, LGBTQ Issues in Public Policy
PADM-GP.2447, Identity, Policy and Politics
HPAM-GP.2836, Current Issues in Health Policy
PADM-GP.4129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.4401, Criminal Justice and Neighborhoods
PADM-GP.4440, Education and Social Policy
URPL-GP.4638, Housing and Community Development Policy

Students must also choose and complete 1.5 credits from the following skill-based courses:

PADM-GP.2109, The Legal Context for Policy and Public Management
PADM-GP.4112, Building Effective Teams
PADM-GP.4116, Participatory Policymaking
PADM-GP.4119, Data Visualization and Presentation
PADM-GP.4131, Fundamentals of Fundraising
PADM-GP.4419, Communicating Public Policy in the Digital Era

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students choose electives (12 credits) from a wide array of Wagner courses, and may want to choose from the recommended list below:

PADM-GP.2119, Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
PADM-GP.2139, Behavioral Economics and Public Policy Design
PADM-GP.2185, Transformative Participation for Democratic Practice
PADM-GP.4124, Political Participation and Policy
PADM-GP.4132, Governance of Public/Private Finance: Policy, Law & Business
PADM-GP.4133, Online Engagement Strategy: Leveraging the Web and Social Media for Good