Communication Studies Classes
As a Communication Studies student in Temple’s School of Media and Communication (SMC), you’ll be able to fully investigate multiple fields related to communication. We emphasize providing an overview of communication and prioritize academic growth and experiential learning, particularly during your junior and senior years.
Communication and Entrepreneurship
Contemporary Media Environments
Global Civil Society
Policy, Regulation and Advocacy
Major of Distinction thesis track (available for advanced scholars)
Four Plus One Option
If you enroll in our Four Plus One program, you can earn a Master of Arts in Communication Studies for one additional year after your undergraduate experience. As a Four Plus One student, you can begin taking graduate courses that count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees during the second semester of your junior year. After earning a bachelor’s degree, you can complete graduate course work the following year (including two summer semesters). Learn more about our accelerated programs.
Communication Studies at Temple University, Japan Campus
The Communication Studies program at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), can help you develop intellectually and prepare you for scholar- and professional-level competency in media fields. Being in Tokyo is superior for internships, given the international reach of both Japanese and foreign media. Over the years, our students have received internships at many foreign bureaus, public relations and advertising firms, and startups. Learn more about studying at Temple University, Japan Campus.
Communication and Public Life
Study basic literature about the concept of civil society and examine the interrelationships between communication and public life, including the engagements that take place in the arts, politics, and professional and social institutions. Additionally, you’ll become acquainted with issues covered in the four tracks that make up Communication Studies: Arts in the Public Sphere; Contemporary Media Environments; Global Civil Society; and Policy, Regulation and Advocacy.
Select and analyze a contemporary public issue in communication based on the range of disciplinary approaches and methodologies introduced in your previous foundation courses. You’ll discuss disciplinary approaches and methodologies, as well as professional and academic preparation skills.
Communication Studies Internship
Select and complete an internship in an area of Communication Studies related to your interests and chosen track. Internships include a total of 15 short paper responses, two evaluations and one final review paper.
This track will help you hone skills required in the digital workplace and provide a path for developing a more nuanced understanding of capitalism and its effects. It includes classes that reflect the communicative and functional aspects of entrepreneurship by examining organizational development.
Gain a historical overview of communication technologies—from papyrus to movable type and the rotary press to broadcasting and the internet—and the ways they’ve shaped public life. Study theories about the relationship between technology and society that focus on the intersection between communication technologies and the public sphere.
Learn about social movements, historical development and the growing international public sphere, and address such topics as global mediascapes, international and public opinion, and public diplomacy.
Study citizen advocacy—the pursuit of changes in policy and regulation on behalf of others—as it relates to the field of communication. You’ll gain insights into historical and modern-day examples of citizen advocacy in communication policy by examining art and performance; civic journalism; the environment; social movements; and special interest groups tied to issues of ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation.
The Major of Distinction allows you to work individually with a faculty advisor from a relevant SMC department to build a curriculum that goes beyond the offered tracks. The curriculum must contain five courses, four of which must be upper-level and include courses from at least three SMC majors. The courses you select should be designed to lead to a senior-year thesis.
In order to graduate, you will be required to complete a minimum of 124 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, overall and in your major. You’re also required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum with a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in your major.
The Major of Distinction requires a 3.5 GPA in your major and a 3.25 overall, as well as a language other than English through your third term.
School of Media and Communication requirements
- Complete a minimum of 42 credits in Communication Studies.
- Pass each course that fulfills a requirement for your major with a C- or better.
- Count a maximum of 27 credits in any one SMC department toward your degree.
- Count a maximum of 4 internship credits toward your degree.
- Count a maximum of 8 credits of independent study and/or special projects combined toward your degree.
- Take no more than 8 credits in Kinesiology and Dance activities courses.
- Participate in Study Away programs if you choose to.
- Transfer students: Complete a minimum of 24 credits of your major courses at Temple.
Communication studies majors may elect to take an established SMC minor. If you declare a minor, you must complete the entire program requirements for both the major and the minor.