Public Relations B.S.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
ART   2233Computer Graphics3
or IT   1230 Introduction to Web Technologies
COMM   1110Public Speaking 3
COMM   1100Human Communication3
or COMS   2330 Introduction to Communication Research
COMM   2332Media and Society3
MMJ   2331Introduction to Journalism3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - through 2001
Significant International Content Course
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
COMS - upper division course3
MMJ   3331News Reporting and Writing3
PRCA   2330Introduction to Public Relations3
PRCA   3330Public Relations Writing3
PRCA   3711Public Relations Practicum1
PRCA   4330Public Relations Research3
PRCA   4339Public Relations Campaign Strategies3
PRCA   4791Public Relations Internship 13
or PRCA   4335 Senior Seminar in Public Relations
PRCA - two upper division courses6
Select one from the following media elective courses:3
Feature Writing
Copy Editing
Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism
Public Relations Publications
Select two of the following theory/law elective courses:6
Mass Communication Law
Media Ethics
Theories of Mass Communication
General Semantics
Communication Theory
Select 3 credit hours from the following:3
Upper Division Elective from COMM, COMS, FILM, MMFP, MMJ, PRCA, or THEA
Courses in Related Areas
MKTG   3131Principles of Marketing3
MKTG   3132Principles of Advertising3
Select 14 credit hours of Electives14
Total Credit Hours126

A total institution GPA of 2.5 is required to register for internship credit.  A maximum of 3 hours of internship can be applied toward graduation requirements. 

Other Program Information

  • Students must make a minimum grade of “C” in each Communication Arts class to receive credit hour for that course.

Honors in Public Relations

To graduate with Honors in Public Relations, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of UHON   4191 over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


All Public Relations majors are advised in the Department of Communication Arts, Sanford Hall, (912) 478-5138. Students in the University Honors Program (UHP) are also advised in the Department.