These requirements are for students who matriculated in academic year 2023-2024. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2023 should refer to the Archives to view the requirements for their Bulletin year.

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. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are CSI 2296, CSI 2696, CSI 3296, and CSI 3896.
  2. Lew Klein College of Media and Communication requirements, including KLN 1001 and KLN 1002.
  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
Select six courses from the three subject areas of Civic Engagement, Conflict Communication, and Risk Communication.18
One course in each of the three subject areas (9 credits)
Three other courses in any subject areas (9 credits)
Course levels for the six subject area courses should be selected as follows:
One 1000-level course
Two 2000-level courses 1
Two 3000-level courses 1
One 4000-level course
Civic Engagement Courses
CSI 1201
Communication and Civic Engagement
CSI 2201
The Meaningful Enjoyment of Civic Life
CSI 2296
Resistance, Protests, and Social Movements (WI)
CSI 3201
Rhetoric and Civic Culture
CSI 3296
Speechwriting (WI)
CSI 4201
Communication, Attitudes, and Opinion
Conflict Communication Courses
CSI 1401
Conflict and Communication Behavior
CSI 2401
Intercultural and Cross Cultural Conflict
CSI 2403
Civil Disobedience
CSI 3401
Social Activism and Community Organizing
CSI 3402
Conflict and Influence: Identity, Emotion and Power
CSI 4402
Multiparty Conflict Proceses: Dialogue, Facilitation and Multiparty Mediation
Risk Communication Courses
CSI 1601
Communication and Behavior Change
CSI 2602
Rhetoric of Hate and Violence
CSI 2696
Risk Communication (WI)
CSI 3601
Misperceptions and Misinformation
CSI 3602
Communicating Science in Today's World
CSI 4601
Narrative Persuasion
Supporting Areas
At least 1 culture course3
CSI 3701
Intercultural Communication
CSI 3702
Communication, Culture and Identity
At least 1 method course3
CSI 3801
Social Science Research Methods of Social Influence
CSI 3896
Rhetorical Criticism (WI)
Experience Course
Select one of the following:3
CSI 3085
Study Away Internship
CSI 3185
CSI 3187
CSI 3191
Directed Research
Senior Seminar
CSI 4111Senior Seminar3
Total Credit Hours45

If CSI 3896 is selected as the method course, one writing-intensive (WI) course must be selected from among the subject area course choices. If CSI 3896 is not selected, then two WI courses must be selected.