Political Communication and Advocacy
Political Communication and Advocacy students use modern communication tools to produce and disseminate messages to influence politics and society. They learn how media systems affect the construction and dissemination of information, how to work within those systems to produce influential messages, and how to discern the interests behind the political messages that they encounter.
This Political Communication and Advocacy major prepares you for a rewarding career in the information economy. Learn to use the tools relevant to communicating in the 21st century political environment and develop your skills at analyzing communication in that environment. You will use those practical and critical skills to construct and analyze advocacy campaigns and work in communication teams.
The Political Communication and Advocacy program produces students who communicate effectively and ethically, analyze political communications critically and understand the environments of political communication.
What skills will I learn as a Political Communication and Advocacy major?
- Create Compelling Messages: Create effective audience-centered messages.
- Knowledge: Learn about political communication and media systems to inform your own communication and to analyze communication with others.
- Critical Thinking: Learn to question arguments, to challenge assumptions and to evaluate evidence. By doing this, you will enhance your own skills at constructing sound arguments and critically analyzing communication.
- Communication: Communicate arguments confidently, knowing that you speak and write well.
- Problem Solving: Become a better problem-solver as you apply your knowledge, critical thought and communication to new areas and issues.
- Practical Experience: Apply what you learn in class, internships, simulations and independent research, demonstrating the experience that employers seek.
- Leadership: Develop leadership skills to resolve conflicts and enhance cooperation in working with others, both in and out of class.
- Professionalism:Prepare to interact confidently with others in local and global professional organizations.
Why study Political Communication and Advocacy at Saint Xavier University?
- Political Communication and Advocacy combines course work with practical experiences such as internships, individual research, foreign study or simulations.
- Chicago provides many opportunities for internship or other practical experience. With Saint Xavier's Study Abroad program, you can spend a semester interning in Washington, D.C.
- Saint Xavier offers a personal, educational experience. Small class sizes and individual advising means that you and your faculty advisor will work closely to adapt your studies to best fit your interests, curiosities and goals. We can help you discover and become who you want to be.
- Political Communication and Advocacy is a hands-on program. Beginning your first course in the major, you will be engaged in advocacy campaigns, cultivating skills employers want while developing evidence of those skills that they can see.
- Campus organizations, such as the Model United Nations Club, the WXAV radio and the Xavierite college newspaper provide opportunities to collaborate with other students and to develop communication and leadership skills.
- Through intimate classes and campus involvement, you will develop a strong sense of community in studying Political Communication and Advocacy at Saint Xavier, developing friendships and connections that will last long after you have graduated.