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.

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. School of Media and Communication requirements.
  3. Minimum 36 credit hours in Strategic Communication, including the department's four Core courses (12 hours).
  4. Maximum 54 credit hours may be taken in Strategic Communication courses.
  5. A grade of C or higher must be attained in all required Strategic Communication 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

Department Core Requirements
STRC 1111Public Speaking3
or STRC 1911 Honors Public Speaking
STRC 1112Communicating Leadership3
STRC 2111Introduction to Communication Theory3
STRC 2112Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion3
Concentration Core Requirements
STRC 2221Public Advocacy3
STRC 2296Rhetoric of Social Movements3
STRC 3333Rhetorical Theory3
STRC 3336Argumentation3
STRC 3396Rhetorical Criticism3
STRC 4839Seminar in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (capstone)3
Rhetoric & Public Advocacy Concentration Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Speech Writing
Rhetoric and Political Culture
Introduction to Public Relations
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Leading Groups and Team Building
Special Topics in Public Relations
Special Topics in Public Relations
Intercultural Communication
Special Topics in Public Relations
Special Topics, Independent Study, and Internships
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
Independent Study in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
Internship in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
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 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
STRC 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
STRC 1111 or 1911Public Speaking3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
STRC 2111Introduction to Communication Theory3
STRC 2221Public Advocacy3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
STRC 2296Rhetoric of Social Movements (WI)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives6
Select one of the following:3
Special Topics in Public Relations 
Introduction to Public Relations 
Introduction to Organizational Communication 
Leading Groups and Team Building 
Speech Writing 
Rhetoric and Political Culture 
Special Topics in Public Relations 
Intercultural Communication 
Special Topics in Public Relations 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
STRC 2112Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion3
STRC 3336Argumentation3
Electives10
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
STRC 3396Rhetorical Criticism [WI]3
Electives10
Select one of the following:3
Special Topics in Public Relations 
Introduction to Public Relations 
Introduction to Organizational Communication 
Leading Groups and Team Building 
Speech Writing 
Rhetoric and Political Culture 
Special Topics in Public Relations 
Intercultural Communication 
Special Topics in Public Relations 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
STRC 3333Rhetorical Theory (Fall Only)3
Electives13
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
STRC 4839Seminar in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (capstone)3
Electives13
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 124