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Political Advocacy and Elections
Undergraduate Certificate

Program Overview

Speak out on causes that matter to you and prepare to make a difference. This certificate program equips you to tackle pressing social problems through advocacy and electoral strategies. CMU builds leaders, and this certificate will help you speak out effectively in favor of causes that are important to you.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus, Online
Program Length: 1 year
Credit Hours: 15 - 18

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Political and electoral advocacy plays a powerful role in shaping our laws and policies. By advocating on behalf of causes you believe in, you can help change laws, elect candidates you trust and persuade people to your point of view.

A certificate in political advocacy and elections from CMU gives you the skills you need to be an effective advocate. You’ll build a solid understanding of political behavior, campaigns and elections, and the behavior of interest groups. You’ll choose from practical courses including Persuasion and Social Influence, Political Communication, and Citizen Engagement in Public Life. And you’ll prepare to be part of the solution.

This certificate program is designed for students in any major as well as for non-degree-seeking students.

Program Highlights

As a student in our political advocacy and elections certificate program, you can:

  • Customize your education with courses such as Persuasion and Social Influence, Survey Research, and Women and Politics.
  • Join Amnesty International, the Mock Trial Association, Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance or another of our many student organizations.
  • Choose from 150 study abroad programs in more than 50 countries.
  • Build critical skills and prepare to advocate for a more just and equitable society.

Careers & Outcomes

Studying political advocacy prepares you for a fulfilling career in advocacy, politics, community organizing and other fields in the social sector. It’s also great preparation for any career that relies on strong communication and critical-thinking skills, including business, law, communications and marketing.

Career Projected Salary
Director of Government Affairs $74,216
Communications Director $78,854
Policy Analyst $64,950

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