Associate in Applied Science in Public Relations

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management


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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.


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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Public Relations (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Program Notes

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

What You’ll Learn

This degree will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Perform microcomputer applications in word processing, spreadsheet, and database; explore basic business-personal computer concepts.
  2. Identify the fundamental characteristics and functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and business risk.
  3. Read negatives and contact prints; use cropping/proportion wheel to size prints.
  4. Layout, edit and publish a small newspaper.
  5. Access news through use of the interview and other tools of journalism.
  6. Write news stories.
  7. Research and write human interest stories for a daily or weekly newspaper.
  8. Initiate and conduct public and promotional events.
  9. Initiate and conduct a public relations and advertising campaign for a public school, a political candidate, a business or an organization.
  10. Write press releases.
  11. Describe the interrelationship among the mass media: newspapers, magazines, television, motion pictures, radio, recordings, books, advertising and public relations.
  12. Describe the principles for marketing, labor relations, business risk, public relations and record keeping for a small business.
  13. Create, design, and market an advertising campaign.
  14. Write, edit, and market a variety of feature styles ranging from the "How To" to the "Feature Report.
  15. Explain the impact of racial and gender roles on the media and the impact of media roles on U.
  16. Describe roles, contributions, and challenges of the minority press in the United States.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
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

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
GBS110Human Relations in Business and Industry3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
GBS233Business Communication3
JRN236Advanced Practicum: Public Relations3

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
MathematicsCredits: 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
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area4

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Full Award Details

First Term
2018 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
11-2032.00, 27-3031.00
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Marketing, Sales, and Service
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