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Strategic and Organizational Communication

Aram A. Aghazarian, Chair
Weiss Hall 213
215-204-1882

aram.aghazarian@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/stoc/

The Department of Strategic and Organizational Communication educates students in the theory and practice of public communication and leadership, with the primary emphasis on communication and social influence or advocacy.  The department’s three concentrations focus on persuasion, communication in organizations, and communication strategies for influencing internal and external audiences.

Summary of Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Strategic and Organizational Communication by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a cumulative average of 2.0 overall and in the major.  Students must meet: 

1. University requirements
2. School of Communications and Theater requirements
3. Major requirements in the department

Department Requirements

All majors must complete at least 36 credit hours in Strategic and Organizational Communication, including the department’s four core courses (12 hours). Students must earn a 'C' or better in the department's four core courses and a 'C-' or better in all other courses required for the major.

STOC Major Requirements    
Department Core Requirements (12 s.h.)  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 3  
STOC 1112 Communicating Leadership 3  
STOC 2111 Introduction to Communication Theory 3  
STOC 2112 Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion 3  

Department Concentrations

The department offers three concentrations: Organizational Leadership, Public Communication, and Public Relations.  In addition to completing the department core, students must select a concentration and complete the concentration core, advanced courses in the concentration, and courses in the other two concentrations.  Students may also be required to complete courses outside the department.

Organizational Leadership Concentration

The concentration in Organizational Leadership provides students with a thorough grounding in organizational and small-group communication.  Students’ coursework in these areas will incorporate a special focus on both the theories and skills needed for the creation and maintenance of fruitful leader/follower relationships.

Organizational Leadership Concentration (39 credits)  
Department Core Requirements (12 s.h.)  
Concentration Core Requirements (12 s.h.)  
         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 2661 Introduction to Organizational Communication 3  
STOC 2662 Leading Groups and Team Building 3  
STOC 3663 Research Methods 3  
STOC 4879 Collaborative Advocacy (Capstone) 3  
         
Required Courses in other STOC Concentrations (6 s.h.)  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 2552 Introduction to Public Relations 3  
STOC 3396 Analysis of Public Discourse 3 WI
         
Organizational Leadership Concentration Electives (9 s.h.)  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select three courses from the following:    
STOC 2671 Leading Mediated Groups & Organizations 3  
STOC 2672 Global Communication & Leadership 3  
STOC 2696 Diverse Communication and & 3 WI
STOC 3774 Communicating Organizational Change (Preq: STOC 2661) 3  
STOC 3775 Organization Networks and Networked Organizations (Preq: STOC 2661) 3  
STOC 4670 Special Topics in Organizational Leadership 3  
STOC 3796 Independent Research in Organizational Leadership 3 WI
STOC 3685 Internship in Organizational Leadership 3  
         
Recommended Courses outside the department    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
AOD 1166 Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span 3  
AOD 2214 Conflict & Communication 3  
AM ST 1042 Working in America 3 AC
HIST 3811 World Economy since 1945 3  
HRM 2501 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3  
MIS 2101 Principles of Information Systems 4  
PHIL 1001 Philosophical Challenges to the Individual 3 IN
POL SCI 3155 Business & Public Policy 3  
PSYC 2402 Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3  
SOC 3596 Sociology of Organizations 3 WI
         
Special Topics and Independent Study    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
         
STOC 3670 Special Topics in Organizational Leadership 3  
STOC 4670 Special Topics in Organizational Leadership 3  
STOC 3782 Independent Study in Organizational Leadership 3  
STOC 3796 Independent Research in Organizational Leadership 3 WI
STOC 3685 Internship in Organizational Leadership 3  

Public Communication Concentration

The Public Communication 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.

Public Communication Concentration (36 credits)  
Department Core Requirements (12 s.h.)  
Concentration Core Requirements (18 s.h.)  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 2296 Campaigns & Movements 3 WI, AC, RS
STOC 2222 Argumentation 3  
STOC 3323 Political Communication 3  
STOC 3333 Rhetorical Theory 3  
STOC 3396 Analysis of Public Discourse 3 WI
STOC 4839 Seminar In Public Communication (capstone) 3  
         
Required Courses in other STOC Concentrations (6 s.h.)  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Choose two courses from the following:    
STOC 2661 Introduction to Organizational Communication 3  
STOC 2662 Leading Groups & Team Building 3  
STOC 2552 Introduction to Public Relations 3  
STOC 2440 Special Topics in Public Relations 3  
STOC 3440 Special Topics in Public Relations 3  
STOC 4440 Special Topics in Public Relations 3  
         
Recommended Courses outside the Department    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
         
AOD 2214 Conflict & Communication 3  
PHIL 1062 Morality & the Law 3 IN
POL SCI 2103 U.S. Public Policy 3  
POL SCI 3151 Public Policy Analysis 3  
English 2012 Literature & Criticism 3  
English 3811 Theories of Discourse 3  
HRM 3501 Power, Influence, & Negotiation 3  
         
Special Topics, Independent Study, and Internships    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
         
STOC 3220 Special Topics in Public Communication 3  
STOC 4220 Special Topics in Public Communication 3  
STOC 3282 Independent Study in Public Communication 1-4  
STOC 3382 Independent Study in Public Communication 1-3  
STOC 3385 Internship in Public Communication 3  

 

Public Relations Concentration

Public Relations is about using communication techniques to influence behavior and attitudes. The concentration combines public relations classes with requirements in public speaking, leadership, persuasion, and communication theory, and is satisfied through completion of 36 semester hours in the major.*

 

Public Relations Concentration (36 credits)  
Department Core Requirements (12 s.h.)  
Concentration Core Requirements (18 s.h.)  
         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 2496*+ News Writing & Media Relations 3 WI
STOC 2551 Media Information Gathering & Evaluation 3  
STOC 2552 Introduction to Public Relations 3  
STOC 3543 Fundamentals of Public Relations 3  
STOC 3596 Advanced Public Relations Writing 3 WI
STOC 4859 Public Relations Management & Problems (capstone) 3  
         
*Required course for all PR majors. Prerequisite for STOC 2551, 2552, 3543, 3596, and 4859.
May take concurrently with STOC 2551 and 2552 with special permission.
 
+Transfer students whose previously accepted credits do not meet this requirement may take
concurrently with STOC 2551 and 2552 with special permission.
 
         
Required Courses in other STOC Concentrations (6 s.h.)  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one course from the following:    
STOC 2661 Introduction to Organizational Communication 3  
STOC 2662 Leading Groups & Team Building 3  
STOC 2672 Global Communication & Leadership 3  
STOC 3774 Communicating Organizational Change 3  
         
Select one course from the following:    
STOC 2296 Campaigns and Movements 3 WI
STOC 2222 Argumentation 3  
STOC 3323 Political Communication 3  
STOC 3333 Rhetorical Theory 3  
STOC 3396 Analysis of Public Discourse 3 WI
         
         
Recommended Courses outside the department    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 3196 Journalism & the Law 3 WI
Marketing 2101 Introduction to Marketing 3  
POL SCI 1101 The American Political System 3 AC
Psychology 1061 Psychology as a Social Science 3 IN
         
         
Special Topics, Independent Study, and Internships    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 2440 Special Topics in Public Relations 3  
STOC 3440 Special Topics in Public Relations 3  
STOC 4440 Special Topics in Public Relations 3  
STOC 3483 Directed Readings in Public Relations 3  
STOC 3582 Independent Study in Public Relations 3  
STOC 3585 Internship in Public Relations 3  

 


 

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