Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Social Influence

The Communication and Social Influence (CSI) major prepares students to be public communication leaders in urban settings defined by their civic engagement, risk, and conflict. The Communication and Social Influence major shapes tomorrow's communication professionals who wish to help bring about positive social change in these areas.

Summary of Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Communication and Social Influence by the recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall and in the major.

Students must meet:

  1. University requirements:
    • All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in their major at Temple University.
  2. Lew Klein College of Media and Communication requirements.
  3. Minimum 45 credit hours in Communication and Social Influence.
  4. Maximum 59 credit hours may be taken in Communication and Social Influence courses.
  5. A grade of C- or higher must be attained in all required Communication and Social Influence courses.
  6. No more than 12 semester hours of transfer credits may be applied to Communication and Social Influence requirements.
  7. No more than 8 credits may be taken in Kinesiology and Dance activities courses.

Communication and Social Influence Requirements

CSI Core Courses
CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
or CSI 1911 Honors Introduction to Public Speaking
CSI 1112Introduction to Communication and Social Influence3
CSI 1113Persuasion3
CSI 2111Argumentation and Advocacy3
CSI 2112Social Influence Inquiry3
Subject Areas
At least 4 courses in primary subject area (Civic Engagement, Conflict Communication, or Risk Communication)12
At least 1 course in each of the two other subject areas6
Civic Engagement Courses
Communication and Civic Engagement
The Meaningful Enjoyment of Civic Life
Resistance, Protests, and Social Movements (WI)
Rhetoric and Civic Culture
Speechwriting (WI)
Communication, Attitudes, and Opinion
Conflict Communication Courses
Conflict and Communication Behavior
Intercultural and Cross Cultural Conflict
Civil Disobedience
Urban Organizing
Conflict and Influence: Identity, Emotion and Power
Multiparty Conflict Proceses: Dialogue, Facilitation and Multiparty Mediation
Risk Communication Courses
Communication and Behavior Change
Rhetoric of Hate and Violence
Risk Communication (WI)
Misperceptions and Misinformation
Rhetoric of Science
Narrative Persuasion
Supporting Areas
At least 1 culture course3
Intercultural Communication
Communication, Culture and Identity
At least 1 method course3
Social Science Research Methods of Social Influence
Rhetorical Criticism (WI)
Experience Course
Select one of the following:3
Study Away Internship
Internship
Practicum
Directed Research
Senior Seminar
CSI 4111Senior Seminar3
Total Credit Hours45

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Social Influence

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CSI 1111 or 1911Introduction to Public Speaking3
CSI 1112Introduction to Communication and Social Influence3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
COMM 1001SMC Freshman Seminar1
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CSI 1113Persuasion3
CSI 2111Argumentation and Advocacy3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CSI 2112Social Influence Inquiry3
CSI 1000+ Subject Area Course3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CSI 1000+ Subject Area Course3
CSI 2000+ Subject Area Course (WI)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CSI 2000+ Subject Area Course3
CSI 3000+ Subject Area Course (Method)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives7
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSI 3000+ Subject Area Course (WI)3
CSI 3000+ Experience Course3
CSI 3000+ Subject Area Course (Culture)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CSI 3000+ Subject Area Course3
Electives13
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSI 4111Senior Seminar3
Electives13
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 124