Public Relations & Organizational Communication Concentration (6/00)
This concentration is theory-based, emphasizing the art and science of managing communication programs to improve employee quality of work life and organizational effectiveness. Persons completing the program are prepared to enter graduate study and communication professions in any organizational context.
The Public Relations & Organizational Communication Concentration requires 36 credit hours in Communication and 3 credit hours in English. At least 12 of the 36 hours in Communication must be taken at the 300 or 400 level. (In the Public Relations concentration, this requirement is automatically satisfied by completing the courses required for the concentration.)
A minor in a professional area (for example, business management, computer science, etc.) is recommended.
Departmental Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)
COM 110, Public Speaking
COM 230, Communication Theory
COM 240, Communication Inquiry
COM 250, Communication and Technology
Concentration Required Courses (24 Credit Hours)
Phase 1: Introductory Phase (to be completed during the freshman year or 1st semester of the sophomore year)
COM 226, Introduction to Public Relations
Phase 2: Application, Management and Research Phase (to be completed during the sophomore and junior years)
COM 316, Communication Techniques for Public Relations
COM 456, Organizational Communication
COM 486, Communication Research Methods
ENG 214, Introduction to Editing (Writing and Editing Requirement)
NOTE 1: Students choosing this concentration must also complete ENG 214, Introduction to Editing, which should be completed during Phase 2.
NOTE 2: COM 486 may also be used to satisfy the Departmental Restricted Elective. However, while COM 486 will satisfy two requirements, it only counts as 3 hours toward graduation.
Phase 3: Theory Development Phase (to be completed 2nd semester of the junior year or 1st semester of the senior year; Phases 1 and 2 must be completed before beginning Phase 3)
COM 446, Problems in Public Relations
Phase 4: Practicum Phase (to be completed during the senior year)
COM 326, Public Relations Applications
COM 496, Communication Internship (last semester of senior year; requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all COM courses completed)
NOTE 3: Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA required for the Communication Internship will not graduate in the Public Relations and Organizational Communication Concentration.
Departmental Elective (3 Credit Hours)
Any Communication course (except COM 146) not being used to fulfill other requirements may be used as a Departmental Elective.