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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 200 The Craft of Professional Writing
  • CMN 279* Introduction to Professional Communication


  • 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:

Group 2 Electives (no minimum): 

  • 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:


  • CMN 100 Professional Health Communication
  • CMN 114 Short Management Reports
  • CMN 300 Communication in the Computer Industry

Please see Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.