2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Lobbying and Government Advocacy Certificate

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Lisa Hager, Associate Professor of Political Science
School of American and Global Studies
Lincoln Hall 325, Box 2212
605-688-5343

Program Information

The Lobbying and Government Advocacy Certificate provides graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively communicate with government to influence legislative policymaking, executive branch rulemaking, and judicial decisions at the state and federal levels on a variety of issues important to business, industry, and within their chosen profession: for example, nursing, engineering, education, business, and agriculture. Graduates will be equipped to lobby government on behalf of their employer, should they be asked within their profession to do so, or as a professional lobbyist.  

Course Delivery Format

The program provides courses face to face on campus and online.

Student Learning Outcomes


Students will:

  • gain a basic understanding of the structure and functions of each branch of government and interest groups at the state and federal levels, while exploring their relevance for the student’s major field of study;
  • apply terms, processes, theories, and research regarding the impact of government advocacy and lobbying tactics to a range of government officials;
  • demonstrate ethical and persuasive communication through research, writing, and oral communication that utilize the skills necessary for effective government advocacy, especially lobbying meetings and materials; and
  • apply knowledge regarding the structure and functions of American political institutions, interest groups, and lobbying to policy issues within the student’s field.

Total Required Credits: 12-13