Minor in Public Relations
The Minor in Public Relations will help students understand the role of Public Relations experts as they negotiate between the organizations they represent and the media. Through theory and practice, students will gain experience in the tools and ways of thinking that shape stakeholder relationships.
Administered by: School of Professional Communication and offered in collaboration with the School of Journalism
This Minor cannot be taken in conjunction with the Minor in Professional Communication or the News Studies Minor.
To receive this Minor, you must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:
Two (2) courses:
One of the following:
- CMN 305 Strategic Public Relations in ProCom
Plus four (4) electives from the following:
Group 1 Electives: Select a minimum of two (2) of the following:
- MKT 100 Principles of Marketing
- NNS 101† Introduction to News Studies
- NNS 102 Understanding Multimedia Journalism
- NNS 103 Basics of Photojournalism
- NNS 344 Making a Difference: How Journalism Matters
- NNS 400 Critical Issues in Journalism (or JRN 400)
- NNS 401 History of Journalism (or JRN 401)
- NNS 402 Theory in Journalism and Mass Communication (or JRN 402)
- NNS 404 Journalism's Best (or JRN 404)
- NNS 406 Age of Spin: Journalism and PR (or JRN 406)
- NNS 410 Queer Media
- NNS 412 Documentary Survey (or JRN 412)
- NNS 419 Journalism in Comedy
- NNS 500 Journalism and the Arts (or JRN 500)
NNS 502 Follow the Money: Business Journalism (or JRN 502)
- NNS 505 Health and Science Journalism (or JRN 505)
- NNS 509 Journalism and the Political Arena (or JRN 509)
- NNS 510 Reporting Religion (or JRN 510)
- NNS 512 Reporting Sports (or JRN 512 or RTA 233 Sport Journalism)
Group 2 Electives (no minimum):
- CMN 214 Communication and Language
- CMN 269 Countercultural Communication
- CMN 288 Communication and Social Media
- CMN 306 Risk and Crisis Communication
- CMN 314 Professional Presentations
- CMN 413 Corporate Communications
- CMN 450 Participatory Media and Communication
- CMN 601 Visual Communication: A Critical Approach
Journalism students may use a maximum of two JRN courses as credits toward the Minor in Public Relations. Where JRN and NNS versions of a course are available, BJourn students must take JRN version of the course.
Professional Communication students cannot use any Group 2 Electives as credits toward the Minor in Public Relations.
†NNS 101 is a pre-requisite for all NNS courses.
* The material in CMN 279 is covered by courses specific to individual programs. The following program-specific courses may therefore be used in place of CMN 279 for this Minor:
Please see (PDF file) Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.