Students electing to major in public relations will enter a program of interdisciplinary study leading to career opportunities within organizations and PR firms. The major has an academic and applied orientation where students learn principles, skills, and practices that prepare them for entry to mid-level positions in public relations. Students take courses in public relations, communication studies, journalism, and electronic media and broadcasting. Skills emphasized in these courses are research, strategic planning, writing, presenting, analyzing, and creating.
Students majoring in public relations must complete 42 credit hours of study as outlined below, and take “ CMST 101 Public Speaking - OC (3 credits) ” or “ CMST 110 Introduction to Communication Studies - OC (3 credits) ” for the oral communication requirement of their general education program. It is the policy of the Communication Department that the courses offered by the department (CMST, COM, EMB, HCOM, JOU, MIN, POP, PRE courses) cannot be double counted toward the majors and minors in the department unless the required course is the only option.
Special graduation requirements: All majors and minors must earn a letter grade of C- or better and a 2.0 GPA in their major or minor courses.
Four-Year Plan: Click here to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures page.
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