Requirements

Requirements


Public Relations Major Worksheet

**To Minor in Public Relations, scroll down

Overview:

To major in Public Relations, students will complete six (6) credits of pre-major courses, eighteen (18) credits of required courses and 18 credits of electives (a total of 36 credit hours for the major).

To major in Public Relations, eligible students apply to the program. Applications are accepted annually in February. Applicants must have a minimum QPA of 2.0 overall and 2.5 in the pre-major courses.

For application information, contact the Public Relations advisor, Regina Bell (rbell@mail.uri.edu).

Pre-major Courses:

Complete (or be in the process of completing or have a demonstrated plan to complete) the following courses before applying to the Major.

  • COM 202 Public Speaking (pre-req: COM 100)
  • COM 210 Persuasion (pre-req: COM 100)

Required Courses:

Enroll in these courses once accepted as a Public Relations Major.

  • WRT 331 Public Relations Writing (pre-req: 200 level Writing course)
  • PRS 340 Public Relations (taught only in the Fall)
  • PRS 441 Public Relations Practices (taught only in the Spring; pre-req: PRS 340)
  • PRS 491 Public Relations Internship (pre-req: PRS340)
  • COM381 Research Methods (pre-req: COM202, Junior Standing)
  • JOR 341 Editing for Publication I (pre-req: JOR 220/WRT331 with a C or better)

Elective courses:

Majors must complete six elective courses, with at least one course from each category.

Writing Specialty

  • JOR321: Feature Writing
  • WRT 201: Writing Argumentative & Persuasive Texts
  • WRT 235: Writing in Electronic Environments
  • WRT 302: Writing Cultures
  • WRT 303: Public Writing
  • WRT 304: Writing for Community Service
  • WRT 333: Scientific/Technical Writing

Marketing

  • BUS 365: Marketing Principles
  • BUS465: Marketing Comm.
  • BUS468: Global Marketing
  • ART204: Digital Art and Design I

Communication

  • COM302: Advanced Public Speaking
  • COM351: Comm for Bus.
  • COM415: Ethics of Persuasion
  • COM416: Propaganda
  • COM450: Organizational Communication
  • COM445: Media  Advertising
  • COM454: TV Advertising

Specialty

  • COM415: Ethics of Persuasion
  • JOR442: Editing
  • JOR410: Media Issues
  • PSY335: Social Behavior
  • PRS200: Intro to Event Management
  • PRS300: Social Media Strategies for the PR Professional
  • PRS442: Strategic Media Communication

Public Relations Minor Worksheet

Journalism, Communications Studies, TMD and Marketing majors who wish to minor in Public Relations should follow the interdisciplinary curriculum outlined below. Students in other Majors who are interested in Public Relations should meet with Regina Bell to formulate a course of study (rbell@mail.uri.edu, 874-2857). 

 All PR minors must take one of the following:

STA 220—Statistics in Modern Society
STA 308—Introductory Statistics
STA 409—Statistical Methods in Research I
BAC 201—Managerial Statistics
MTH 107—Finite Math

MTH 106—Mathematics of Social Choice and Finance

 

Communications Studies majors

Take the following courses:
ANY Writing course in addition to the required general education writing requirement (must receive the grade of C or better)
JOR 340—Public Relations (pre: Writing course with a grade of C or better)
PRS491 —Internship (in Public Relations; pre: JOR 340)
BUS 365 (MKT 301)—Marketing Principles
Two additional Marketing courses

Journalism majors

Take the following courses:
COM 210—Persuasion : The Rhetoric of Influence
COM 302—Advanced Public Speaking [pre: COM 202 (101)]
COM 351 (320)—Oral Communication for Business and Professions
BUS 365 (MKT 301)—Marketing Principles
Two additional Marketing courses

Marketing majors

Take the following courses:
COM 210—Persuasion : The Rhetoric of Influence
COM 302—Advanced Public Speaking [pre: COM 202 (101)]
ANY Writing course in addition to the required general education writing requirement (must receive the grade of C or better)
JOR 340—Public Relations (pre: Writing course  with a grade of C or better)
PRS491 —Internship (in Public Relations; pre: JOR 340)