Associate in Applied Science in Public Relations

Journalism
Become a Student

Program Information

Learn more about the Journalism program.

General Help

Ask general questions at our support center.

Print icon

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.

Details

Details icon Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Public Relations (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3674
Total Credits Required
61–66
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Public Relations program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
First Year Composition Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area FYC 3
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems FYC 3
GBS151 or
BPC110
Introduction to Business or Computer Usage and Applications RC 3
JRN125 or
CIS120DF
Photo Editing or Adobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging RC 3
MKT101 or
MKT110
Introduction to Public Relations or Marketing and Social Networking RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO120 Media and Society RC 3
Humanities and Fine Arts Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area HU 3
First Year Composition Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area FYC 3
JRN201 News Writing RC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN225 Photojournalism RC 3
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media RC 3
Natural Science Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area NS 4
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 MA 3–5
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT263 Advertising Principles MKT271 is recommended prerequisite, but not required RC 3
JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing RC 3
JRN235 Practicum: Public Relations RC 3
JRN215 News Production RC 3
Restricted Elective RE

Program Electives

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

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS110 Human Relations in Business and Industry RE 3
GBS233 Business Communication RE 3
JRN236 Advanced Practicum: Public Relations RE 3
MGT251 Human Relations in Business RE 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.

Program Area Key

Disclaimer

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

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=125801).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019