Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours
Semester Hours required for the Public Relations Major: 51 semester hours
Public relations is the strategic management of communication and mutually beneficial relationships between organizations/individuals and their stakeholders. Strategic communication relies on critical thinking, research, creative problem solving, and the creation of written, verbal, and visual messages. Students master public relations strategies, theories, tactics, and evaluation. They learn how to communicate and advocate ethically and effectively through emerging and traditional communication channels in a dynamic media landscape. The major prepares students for careers as communication specialists in for-profit and non-profit contexts, as well as graduate studies in communication.