Associate in Applied Science in Public Relations

Journalism

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Public Relations

Academic Plan Code

3674

Credits

61–66

Career Pathway

Associated Programs

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.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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

Term 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
FYC First Year Composition Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area 3
FYC CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
RC GBS151 or
BPC110
Introduction to Business or
Computer Usage and Applications
3
RC JRN125 or
CIS120DF
Photo Editing or
Adobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging
3
RC MKT101 or
MKT110
Introduction to Public Relations or
Marketing and Social Networking
3

Term 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
18
RC MCO120 Media and Society 3
HU Humanities and Fine Arts Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area 3
FYC First Year Composition Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area 3
RC JRN201 News Writing 3
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
3
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3

Term 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-18
RC JRN225 Photojournalism 3
RC MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media 3
NS Natural Science Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area 4
Mathematics MAT112 or
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Mathematical Concepts and Applications or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
OR satisfactory completion of a higher level math course. Recommended course: MAT142 3–5
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area 3

Term 4

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
RC MKT263 Advertising Principles MKT271 is recommended prerequisite, but not required 3
RC JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or
Magazine Article Writing
3
RC JRN235 Practicum: Public Relations 3
RC JRN215 News Production 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Program Electives

Select 3 credits from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RE GBS110 Human Relations in Business and Industry 3
RE GBS233 Business Communication 3
RE JRN236 Advanced Practicum: Public Relations 3
RE MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3

Ready to get started?

Follow one of the options below to get started on your personal career pathway.

Become a Student

Click here for MCC's easy-to-use Enrollment Steps.

Program Information

Learn more about and find contact information for the Journalism program.

General Help

Ask general questions over the phone at 480-461-7400 or via online chat.

Disclaimer

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Public Relations (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=91076).