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Issue Advocacy Option

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

The Issue Advocacy Option is only available at the Brantford campus. The option consists of 4.5 credits. For graduation, students must have a 6.00 GPA in all 4.5 credits of the option.

Required Courses

  • JN101: Reporting and Writing for News
  • JN208: Issue-Based Research
  • JN328: Quantitative Research Methods for Journalists
  • JN253: Introduction to Public and Media Relations
  • JN406: Public Opinion, Communications and Democracy
  • OL224: Organizational Leadership
  • OL109/JN109/MB109: Interpersonal Communications in Contemporary Society
  • OL365: Influence, Persuasion and Negotiation (note: this course has a prerequisite of JN/MB/OL109)

And one of:

  • HR306: Human Rights Education
  • HR312/JN312: Advocacy Journalism: Principles and Practice
  • JN301: Environmental Communication
  • JN307: Media, Culture and Democracy
  • JN314/OL314: Listening and Nonverbal Communication
  • PO263: Politics and Government in Canada


  1. Students should be aware that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.
  2. Students in the Honours Digital Media and Journalism program are excluded from completion of the Issue Advocacy Option.
  3. The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers a BA without a designation. No further designation (major, option or minor) is awarded with this degree.

Program Worksheets

Download the printable program worksheet (PDF) from the year you started to help you keep track of which requirements you have completed. This option was first offered in 2014/15.