Do you seek to advocate for social change? Is it your goal to run for political office one day? Are you committed to working towards social justice in your communities?

Empowered as speakers, writers, and communicators, the leaders of tomorrow will have an unprecedented opportunity to gain experience and expertise as they prepare to take their place in their many communities. The Leadership and Advocacy Certificate Program is an exciting, integrated program dedicated to leadership through effective communication. Linked to UCSB's Public Speaking Initiative (, the courses in this program introduce students to the theories and practice of persuasion, justice, advocacy, civic responsibility, and local and global awareness.


This Professional Certificate Program Provides:

  • Development of strategies and skills for effective leadership, advocacy, and civil engagement;
  • Strategies for engaging in research regarding leadership and advocacy;
  • Practice in developing leadership and advocacy within community and social settings; and,
  • Opportunities to learn from and with local leaders and activists.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to the LACP Director, Dr. Patricia Fancher (


Additional Details

Program Course Schedule

Required INT Courses (4 units):
  • INT 108 - Dialogues in Civic Leadership (W/Su) - 2 units
  • INT TBD - Service Project  (W/Su) - 2 units

Choose 2 UCSB Courses (8 units):

Extension Course Options ( at least 4 units):

All courses are offered in Santa Barbara.

This matrix lists courses we plan to offer during the time indicated and is subject to change. Additional courses may be offered; check back for the most up-to-date information. *Gender and Communication COMM 126 can also be accepted.

NOTE: This certificate is designed to be completed at any point in a student’s academic career. We have also designed the curriculum in collaboration with Summer Sessions. All of UCSB courses are offered during the summer session. Learn more about the Summer Session courses at



Students are required to take 2 regular-session INT courses that feature guest speakers and require community service; two UCSB regular-session courses that focus on communication, writing, and public speaking; and two X400-level courses that teach professional skills for careers in non-profit sectors, government, arts, and civic engagement.

To be eligible for the professional certificate, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 16 units from the above program schedule
  • Earn no less than a "C" in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate
  • Enroll in the UCSB regular-session courses via Open University if they are non-matriculated (not UCSB students)

Transfer units are not be accepted as credit toward this certificate.

Requirements for International Students:

  • Internationals must be part of the International Programs. Apply to International Programs here.
  • International participants must complete a minimum of 12 units each quarter (with max. 1 online course/quarter) in order to maintain an F-1 visa status. These units can be completed through professional courses and/or UCSB courses.
  • More requirements are defined in the Program Course Schedule above


Program Cost

For UCSB matriculated students the approximate cost is $1,250. Each X400-level professional course is $550. The non-refundable certificate application fee is $150. These figures do not include the costs of textbooks and/or materials, and can change without notice.

Financial Aid: Current UCSB matriculated students, who are eligible for financial aid, are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of 12 units of regular undergraduate courses. The units offered for the X400 professional courses do not count toward that minimum.

For non-UCSB matriculated students the approximate cost of completion of this program is $4,250.

Program Costs for International Students:

Costs for internationals can be seen here.




The Writing Program is offering scholarships between $500 and $1000 to support students pursuing the Leadership and Advocacy Certificate. This scholarship is designated to cover the expenses associated with the 2 required courses offered in the UCSB’s Professional and Continuing Education. In order to apply, download and fill out the application for the 2018-19 year.


Applicant must be an undergraduate student pursuing the Leadership and Advocacy Certificate program. Priority will be given to students who have completed or are enrolled in INT 108.

Leadership and Advocacy Student

“I first entered the Leadership & Advocacy certificate program because I wanted to strengthen my professional skills and civic awareness. I am so pleased to genuinely say that I have since gained a wide variety of applicable skills that make me more capable to thrive in any setting.”

-Maggie Young