May 26, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies - Leadership and Advocacy (CSL) - BA Major

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Comm Studies Leadership and Advocacy Major Image

45 credits

Minor (or additional major if non-dual degree seeking) required outside CS department.

2.5 GPA required

C grade or better required in major courses.

Communication Studies - Leadership and Advocacy Major Map  


This option is designed to prepare students to take a leadership role in private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. Students choosing this option will learn how to reach appropriate audiences effectively, advocate on the behalf of others, develop messages to inform and persuade target audiences, and identify problems and implement appropriate solutions. Special emphasis is placed on the use of computer mediated communication to communicate and network across a variety of settings. Students who major in the Leadership and Advocacy Option will be expected to:

  • Create compelling, effective arguments
  • Analyze, create and adapt public messages
  • Identify and apply theories of leadership and persuasion
  • Be able to resolve conflict in a variety of settings through the use of conflict resolution strategies, mediation, assertion, arbitration, advocacy and third party negotiation
  • Use computer mediated communication to effectively communicate and network in a variety of settings

Required Courses (42 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

Choose one additional CMST course, excluding CMST 191  or CMST 192 .

Dual Degrees

Students wishing to complete two degrees concurrently, (example: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) must complete a minimum of an additional 30 credits above the required 120-128 credit hours. Students must complete all major requirements under both degrees, including separate minors if required.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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