BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The public relations degree may be easily completed in four years or eight semesters. However, the four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability and prerequisites are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes.

Suggested course sequencing: 15 – 17 semester hours is recommended; however, many students attend summer school or transfer high school dual enrollment. You will apply for admission to the degree program after your third semester.

This degree program can be completed in eight semesters. (All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.)

*Save artifacts for assessment portfolio: COM 300; COM 309; COM 315; COM 350; COM 379; COM 429; COM 439; COM 449; COM 509

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
Choose one of the following: CIS 101; CSC 101; CSC 111; pass competency exam 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
General Education - Natural World 4

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
COM 100 Introduction to Majors in Communication 1
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education - Culture and Society - Humanities 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
General Education - Natural World 4
General Education - Self Understanding 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills 3
COM 210 Communication Research Methods 3
COM 315 Public Speaking II 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
Minor elective 3
Minor elective 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 309 Principles of Public Relations 3
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
Minor elective 3
Minor elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
COM 336 Communication in Organizations 3
COM 379 Writing for Public Relations 3
MED 365 Digital Film and Media Production 3
Minor elective 3
Minor elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
COM 439 Techniques and Cases in Public Relations 3
COM 300 Careers in Communication 1
ENG 373 Writing with Technology 3
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6
COM 509 Proseminar in Public Relations 3
Elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 499 Program Assessment 0
COM 449 Communication Programs and Issues Management 3
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

This is a non-comprehensive major requiring a minor or second major. Sequencing alert: COM 550 offered only in fall semesters.