Public Relations (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Public Relations program is designed to provide students, with interests in press relations, community or consumer relations, market research, in-house publications, political campaigns, fund raising and volunteer recruitment, with journalism, photography, business, and communication skills. Students will generate both published and unpublished work from which they may compile a portfolio of their news and feature writing, photography, publications designs, plans for events and advertising designs.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 18 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Students who text exempt from CRE101 may choose to move GBS151 or MKT101 or MKT110 or COM course to Semester II to lessen their class load this first semester.

ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 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 OR

JRN125 Photo Editing

(JRN125 is not offered at GCC, but may be available In Person or Online at another MCCCD college)

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

Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0-3 credits)

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)

JRN 201 News Writing 3    
JRN 215 News Production 3    
MCO 120 Media & Society 3    
Semester III 15 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Students should consider taking an HU and/or SB course during the summer semester to lessen their class load.

ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL OR 3    
ENG 111 Technical and Professional Writing 3    
SB ANY Any approved General Education course from the Social Behavioral Sciences area. 3    
JRN 225 Photojournalism 3    
MCO 220 Cultural Diversity & the Media 3    
MKT 263 Advertising Principles 3    
Semester IV 16 Credits Grade Sem/Year
JRN 234 Feature Writing OR

ENG235 Magazine Article Writing

(ENG235 is not offered at GCC, but may be available at another MCCCD college)


JRN234 is offered at GCC only in the spring semester.

JRN 235 Practicum: Public Relations 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

(select 3 credits of Restricted Electives from list of course options below)

HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
Restricted Electives 3 Credits Grade Sem/Year
GBS 110 Human Relations in Business and Industry 3    
MGT 251 Human Relations in Business 3    
GBS 233 Business Communication 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

JRN236 Advanced Practicum: Public Relations (3 credits)

(JRN236 is not offered at GCC, but may be available In Person or Online at another MCCCD college)


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