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Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change

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Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change

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Program Overview

The program in Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change (R.M.S.C.) considers how our use of language and symbols shapes who we are, what we do, and what and who we and others may become. Courses in the R.M.S.C. major bring critical attention to the nature of representations and communicative/knowledge practices and how they mediate our lives and experience, with particular attention to the contested and changing character of identity, community, public life, ethics, and morality. Students in the program learn to analyze forms of media from across political, popular, and professional cultures. The major also invites students to understand the movement of social change in a range of settings and to consider how those settings offer differing resources for them to engage in political action in their own lives.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The major is excellent training for careers in law and public administration, medicine and public health, activism, social work, advertising and marketing, politics and public policy, business, banking, and consulting, to name just a few.   The various courses in the R.M.S.C. program examine social groups and processes in a wide diversity of contexts, with an emphasis on language, communicative practices, and social justice. 

The program is interdisciplinary, including classes in rhetoric, sociology, and anthropology.  Students should work with their advisers to assure selection of courses compatible with their educational and career objectives. 

Course Credit Hours
SCSR 024 - Rhetoric and Public Culture 3
SCSR 060 - Media, Culture, and Communication 3
SCS 110 - Culture, Knowledge, Power 3
At least two courses from each of the three major areas 18
Rhetoric  
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
SCSR 110 - History of American Public Addresses 3
SCSR 112 - Rhetoric & War 3
SCSR 116 - Rhetorics of Class 3
SCSR 118 - Rhetorics of American Family 3
SCSR 124 - Rhetoric Criticism 3
SCSR 130 - Independent Study 1-4
SCSR 146 - Communication & Religion 3
SCSR 150 - Rhetorical Theory 3
SCSR (selected)  
SCSR 155 - Rhetorics of Space and Place 0-3
Media  
SCSR 040 - Popular Trials 3
SCSR 060 - Media Culture & Communication 3
SCSR 106 - Asthetics of Everyday Life 3
SCSR 114 - Rhetorics of Race 3
SCSR 134 (selected)  
SCSR 144 - Visual Rhetorics 3
SCSS 135 - Technoscience Culture and Practice 3
SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
SCSS 177 - Gender and Violence 3
Social Change  
SCSA 158  
SCSG 192 - Advanced Topics  
SCSR 055 - Environmental Communication 1 or 3
SCSR 128 - Argumentation & Advocacy 3
SCSR 130 - Independent Study 1-4
SCSR 132 - Communication Internship Program 3
SCSR 134 - Rhetoric and Social Activism 3
SCSR 134 - selected, see advisor 0-3
SCSR 140 - Communication Law 3
SCSR 143  
SCSS 020 - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
SCSS 080 - Social Problems 3
SCSS 130 - Contemporary Chinese Society 3
SCSS 150 (selected - see advisor) 3
SCSS 151 - Criminology 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 0-3
SCSS 160 - Jobs Organizations Inequality 3
SCSS 170 - Deviance 3
SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship 3
SCSS 174 - Feminist Theories/Subjectivity 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 3
SCSS 178 - Gender, Technology, Embodiment 3
Senior Capstone (Taken in final year of major.  Offered each semester.) 3
TOTAL 30

Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change Minor

Course Credit Hours
SCSR 024 - Rhetoric and Public Culture 3
SCSR 060 - Media, Culture, and Communication 3
SCS 110 - Culture, Knowledge, Power 3
At least one course from each of the three major areas  
Rhetoric 3
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
SCSR 110 - Hist/Amer Public Radio 3
SCSR 112 - Rhetoric and War 3
SCSR 116 - Rhetorics o Class 3
SCSR 118 - Rhetorics of the American Family 3
SCSR 124 - Rhetorical Criticism 3
SCSR 130 - Independent Study 1-4
SCSR 146 - Communication & Religion 3
SCSR 150 - Rhetorical Theory 3
SCSR (selected)  
SCSR 155 - Rhetorics of Space and Place 0-3
Media 3
SCSR 040 - Popular Trials 3
SCSR 060 - Media Culture & Communicatin 3
SCSR 106 - Asthetics/Everyday Life 3
SCSR 114 - Rhetorics of Race 3
SCSR 134 (selected) 0-3
SCSR 144 - Visual Rhetorics 3
SCSS 135 - Technoscience Culture & Practice 3
SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 0-3
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
SCSS 177 - Gender and Violence 3
Social Change 3
SCSA 158  
SCSG 192 - Advanced Topics 1-3
SCSR 055 - Environmental Communication 3
SCSR 128 - Argumentation & Advocacy 3
SCSR 130 - Independent Study 1-4
SCSR 132 - Comm. Internship Program 3
SCSR 134 - Rhetoric and Social Activism 3
SCSR 134 - selected, see advisor 0-3
SCSR 140 - Communication/Law 3
SCSR 143  
SCSS 020 - Intro to Race and Ethnicity 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
SCSS 080 - Social Problems 3
SCSS 130 - Contemporary Chinese Society 3
SCSS 150 (selected - see advisor) 3
SCSS 151 - Criminology 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 160 - Jobs, Organizations, and Inequality 3
SCSS 170 - Deviance 3
SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship 3
SCSS 174 - Feminist Theories/Subjectivity 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 3
SCSS 178 - Gender, Technology, Embodiment 3
Senior Capstone (Taken in final year of major.  Offered each semester.) 3
TOTAL 18
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