Public Relations (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Public Relations program provides students with general, practical, and marketable skills that will enable them to seek entry-level employment in public relations, such as press relations, community or consumer relations, market research, in-house publications, political campaigns, fund raising and volunteer recruitment. The program includes development of a portfolio that will exhibit students` ability to write both news and feature stories, to develop and plan events, and to produce brochures, advertisements, or small publications with desktop publishing. The curriculum combines coursework in public relations with a General Education component.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required within this program.

The semesters in which general education courses (SB, HU, COM, and Science) are suggested are flexible and may be switched in sequence. You should consider taking one or more of these courses during the summer session in order to distribute your class load more evenly between the semesters.

A total of three (3) credits of Restricted Electives are required for this program. Some restricted electives may have prerequisites and/or corequisites that are not included in the total program credits. If you are interested in taking restricted electives that had additional requisites, you will need to adjust your academic plan to incorporate these courses, or obtain permission from your instructor to waive these requirements based on prior experience and/or training.

For more information, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

Name: SID:
Advisor: Catalog Year:


Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 18 Credits Grade Sem/Year
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
BPC 110 Computer Usage & Applications OR 3    
CIS 105 Survey Computer Info Systems 3    
GBS 151 Introduction to Business 3    
CIS 120DF Adobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging 3    
MKT 101 Introduction to Public Relations OR 3    
MKT 110 Marketing & Social Networking 3    
COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3    
COM 225 Public Speaking OR 3    
COM 230 Small Group Communication 3    
Semester II 12-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Test Reading Exempt on the district placement test. (0-3 credits)

JRN 225 Photojournalism 3    
JRN 215 News Production 3    
MAT 112 Math Concepts and Appl OR 3    
MAT 120 Intermediate Algebra OR 5    
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra OR 4    
MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra OR

Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. (3-5 credits)

MCO 120 Media & Society 3    
Semester III 15 Credits Grade Sem/Year
ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL OR 3    
ENG 111 Technical and Professional Writing 3    
JRN 225 Photojournalism 3    
MCO 220 Cultural Diversity & the Media 3    
MKT 263 Advertising Principles 3    
SB ANY Any approved General Education course from the Social Behavioral Sciences area. 3    
Semester IV 16 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.

HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
JRN 234 Feature Writing 3    
JRN 235 Practicum: Public Relations 3    
NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select three (3) credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Restricted Electives 3 Credits Grade Sem/Year

The following restricted electives are offered at GCC. Choose any combination from the list of options below to complete a total of nine (9) credits. For assistance with course selection, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

GBS 233 Business Communication 3    
MGT 251 Human Relations in Business 3    

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