Communication in Public Relations Option, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Students seeking a degree in Communication in Public Relations Option must complete the Foundation and Core Area requirements for the BA in Communications Studies, plus the Public Relations Option requirements.
- CMST 200 cannot be taken for credit towards the Communication Studies Majors;
- two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.
Grade Requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.0 by graduation.
|Required Foundation Credits|
|CMST 201||PUBLIC SPEAKING||5|
|CMST 208||MASS MEDIA AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY||5|
|CMST 309||COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION||5|
|CMST 330||INTEGRATED METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH||5|
|or CSBS 320||INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|CSBS 310||FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES THEORY||5|
|Required Upper Division Core Credits–choose at least three 400-level CMST classes.||15|
|Note: the following classes cannot count in this section: CMST 480, CMST 481, CMST 490, CMST 495 or CMST 499.|
|Public Relations Option Requirements|
|CMST 461||INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY||5|
|CMST 462||ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY||5|
|JRNM 209||MEDIA WRITING||5|
|JRNM 453||PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING||5|
|Elective–choose one of the following||4-5|
|DRAWING FOR COMMUNICATION|
|DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (requires advisor consultation)|
|WEB DESIGN 1|
|DIGITAL VIDEO (requires advisor consultation)|
|The STAR Component (STudy/Act/Reflect)–This requirement can be satisfied by submitting a brief essay, approximately 900 words, exhibiting cognitive reflection between communication concepts or theory and everyday activities such as internships, service-learning activities, employment, volunteer activities, etc.|
|Senior Capstone Requirement|
|CMST 490||SENIOR CAPSTONE||5|
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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Student Learning Outcomes—students will
- apply communication theories (perspectives, principles, and concepts) in practice;
- communicate competently;
- communicate ethically, responsibly, and effectively as citizens and leaders;
- critically analyze;
- demonstrate competent public relations communication skills;
- develop tactical strategies for solving public relations problems;
- possess skills to effectively communicate with a variety of publics in multiple contexts.