We offer both graduate- and undergraduate-level coursework in public interest communications.


Online Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Public Interest Communication

This first-of-its-kind program is designed to produce graduates who can use strategic communications to drive social change. Students conduct research, develop strategic communications campaigns and devise detailed program management plans. Learn more here.

Graduate Certificate in Global Strategic Communication

The Global Strategic Communication graduate certificate offers students a way to learn skills and gain insight into solving global problems. Learn more here.


The undergraduate public interest communications classes are designed to introduce students to the field. We offer:

    • Public Interest Communications (PUR 4442), a three-credit class that introduces students to core concepts and shows them how to apply strategic, science-based communications to effect positive social change.
    • Global Social Change (PUR 4443), a three-credit course that explores how organizations, movements and leaders around the world build power and drive change.
    • Nonprofits: A Communicator’s Perspective (PUR 4932), a one-credit class that explores how a nonprofit works – and the roles of those who work there – from a communicator’s point of view.
    • Case Studies in Public Interest Communications (PUR 4932), a one-credit class that explores public interest communications fundamentals by analyzing case studies.