Associate in Applied Science in Public Relations

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Public Relations

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail


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

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.

Required Courses Credits: 36

BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
JRN201News Writing3
JRN215News Production3
JRN125Photo Editing (3) OR
CIS120DFAdobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging (3)3
JRN234Feature Writing (3) OR
ENG235Magazine Article Writing (3)3
JRN235Practicum: Public Relations3
MCO120Media and Society3
MCO220Cultural Diversity and the Media3
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations (3) OR
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking (3)3
MKT263Advertising Principles3

Restricted Electives

GBS110Human Relations in Business and Industry3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
GBS233Business Communication3
JRN236Advanced Practicum: Public Relations3

General Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 22-27
First-Year Composition Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area6
Oral Communication Credits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
Math Credits: 3-5
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics courses3-5
Humanities, Arts and Design Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area4
Social-Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3

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Major: 3674
First Term: 2018 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 61-66
CIPS code: 09.0902
SOC codes: 11-2032.00, 27-3031.00
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: - GC, MC
Occupational Area: Marketing, Sales, and Service
Instructional Council: Journalism and New Media Studies (44)
GPA: 2.00