College of Arts and Sciences

Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2020-2021 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

Study of Culture and Society department web site


Program Overview

The program in Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change (RMSC) considers how our use of language and symbols shapes who we and others are, what we may become, and what we do.  Courses in the RMSC 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 prepares students 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, among others.   The various courses in the RMSC 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 Credits
Required Courses
SCS 110 - Culture, Knowledge, Power 3
SCSR 024 - Rhetoric and Social Change 3
SCSR 060 - Media Culture and Communication 3
SCSR 124 - Texts, Images, Audiences 3
Select one course from each of the three areas below
Rhetoric
SCSA 150 - Language and Intersectionality 3
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
SCSR 112 - Rhetoric and War 3
SCSR 116 - Rhetorics of Class 3
SCSR 118 - Rhetorics of the American Family 3
SCSR 120 - Rhetorics of Sex and Gender 3
SCSR 129 - Speech Pedagogy 3
SCSR 180 - Postcolonial Rhetorics 3
Media
SCSR 104 - Rhetoric in Popular Culture 3
SCSR 106 - Aesthetics of Everyday Life 3
SCSR 108 - Imaging the City 3
SCSR 114 - Rhetorics of Race 3
SCSR 136 - Digital Storytelling 3
SCSR 144 - Visual Rhetorics 3
SCSR 145 - Public Feelings 3
SCSR 148 - Suburbia and Contemporary Film 3
SCSS 135 - Science and Society 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
SCSS 177 - Gender and Violence 3
Social Change
Analysis and Critique
SCSA 081 - Borders and Boundaries 3
SCSA 158 - Global Reproductive Politics 3
SCSA 170 - Global Political Violence 3
SCSG 092 - Cultural Geography of Islam 3
SCSR 079 - Home: Dwelling and Belonging 3
SCSR 155 - Rhetorics and Space and Place 3
SCSS 138 - Constructing Normal 3
SCSS 150 - Ethics of Transnational Adoption 3
SCSS 151 - Criminology 3
SCSS 170 - Deviance 3
Advocacy
SCSR 055 - Environmental Communication 3 or 4
SCSR 102 - Culture Jamming 3
SCSR 128 - Argumentation and Advocacy 3
SCSR 142 - Political Communication 3
SCSS 020 - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 3
SCSS 071 - Environmentalism in the United States 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
SCSS 080 - Social Problems 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 3
Electives - Select three additional courses 9
SCSR 199 - Senior Capstone Seminar 3
TOTAL 33

 


 

Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change Minor

Course Credits
SCS 110 - Culture, Knowledge, Power 3
SCSR 024 - Rhetoric and Social Change 3
SCSR 060 - Media Culture and Communication 3
SCSR 124 - Texts, Images, Audiences 3
Select one course from each of the three areas below
Rhetoric
SCSA 150 - Language and Intersectionality 3
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
SCSR 112 - Rhetoric and War 3
SCSR 116 - Rhetorics of Class 3
SCSR 118 - Rhetorics of the American Family 3
SCSR 120 - Rhetorics of Sex and Gender 3
SCSR 129 - Speech Pedagogy 3
SCSR 180 - Postcolonial Rhetorics 3
Media
SCSR 104 - Rhetoric in Popular Culture 3
SCSR 106 - Aesthetics of Everyday Life 3
SCSR 108 - Imaging the City 3
SCSR 114 - Rhetorics of Race 3
SCSR 136 - Digital Storytelling 3
SCSR 144 - Visual Rhetorics 3
SCSR 145 - Public Feelings 3
SCSR 148 - Suburbia and Contemporary Film 3
SCSS 135 - Science and Society 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
SCSS 177 - Gender and Violence 3
Social Change
Analysis and Critique
SCSA 081 - Borders and Boundaries 3
SCSA 158 - Global Reproductive Politics 3
SCSA 170 - Global Political Violence 3
SCSG 092 - Cultural Geography of Islam 3
SCSR 079 - Home: Dwelling and Belonging 3
SCSR 155 - Rhetorics and Space and Place 3
SCSS 138 - Constructing Normal 3
SCSS 150 - Ethics of Transnational Adoption 3
SCSS 151 - Criminology 3
SCSS 170 - Deviance 3
Advocacy
SCSR 055 - Environmental Communication 3 or 4
SCSR 102 - Culture Jamming 3
SCSR 128 - Argumentation and Advocacy 3
SCSR 142 - Political Communication 3
SCSS 020 - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 3
SCSS 071 - Environmentalism in the United States 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
SCSS 080 - Social Problems 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 3
TOTAL 21

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