Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication: Concentration in Rhetoric & Public Advocacy

The Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Concentration provides students with theory and practice in social influence. Students learn theories of advocacy in a variety of settings, gain experience in critical analysis of persuasive messages, and develop skills in creating strategic communications.

Note: Fall 2017 is the last semester in which students will be admitted into this program.

Summary of Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Strategic Communication 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 36 credit hours in Communication & Social Influence and Public Relations courses, including the four Core courses (12 hours).
  4. Maximum 54 credit hours may be taken in Communication & Social Influence and Public Relations courses.
  5. A grade of C or higher must be attained in all required Communication & Social Influence and Public Relations courses.
  6. No more than 12 semester hours of transfer credits may be applied to Strategic Communication requirements.
  7. No more than 8 credits may be taken in Kinesiology and Dance activities courses.

Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Concentration

Core Requirements
CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
or CSI 1911 Honors Introduction to Public Speaking
PR 1112Communicating Leadership3
CSI 1112Introduction to Communication and Social Influence3
CSI 1113Persuasion3
Rhetoric & Public Advocacy Concentration Core Requirements
CSI 2111Argumentation and Advocacy3
CSI 2296Resistance, Protests, and Social Movements (WI)3
CSI 3201Rhetoric and Civic Culture3
CSI 3601Misperceptions and Misinformation3
CSI 3602Rhetoric of Science3
CSI 3896Rhetorical Criticism (WI)3
Rhetoric & Public Advocacy Concentration Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Public Relations
Communicating Organizational Change
Leading Groups and Team Building
Internship
Speechwriting (WI)
Intercultural Communication
Total Credit Hours36

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 Strategic Communication: Concentration in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

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

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
PR 1112Communicating Leadership3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
COMM 1001SMC Freshman Seminar1
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CSI 1111 or 1911Introduction to Public Speaking3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CSI 1112Introduction to Communication and Social Influence3
CSI 2111Argumentation and Advocacy3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CSI 2296Resistance, Protests, and Social Movements [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives6
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Public Relations 
Communicating Organizational Change 
Leading Groups and Team Building 
Internship 
Speechwriting [WI] 
Intercultural Communication 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CSI 1113Persuasion3
CSI 3601Misperceptions and Misinformation3
Electives10
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSI 3896Rhetorical Criticism [WI]3
Electives10
Select one of the following (not yet taken):3
Introduction to Public Relations 
Communicating Organizational Change 
Leading Groups and Team Building 
Internship 
Speechwriting [WI] 
Intercultural Communication 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CSI 3602Rhetoric of Science3
Electives13
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSI 3201Rhetoric and Civic Culture3
Electives13
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 124