Department of Communication Studies

Public Relations

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About the Program

This program is designed for students who:

  1. Desire to develop creative problem-solving abilities in Public Relations necessary for communication management in a changing society.
  2. Desire to develop research capabilities in Public Relations communication analysis, planning, and evaluation.

Non-Thesis Option

Required:

  • 33 hours of graduate level courses with at least 12 hours in courses numbered 6000 or above.

Required Core (15 hours):

  • COMM GRAD 6001 (48C:201) Introduction to Graduate Study and Research (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6022 (48C/E/P:236) Communication Research Methodology (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6011/6016 (48C/E/P:224) Communication Theory/Mass Communication Theory (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6027 (48P:282) Seminar in Public Relations (3)
  • COMM PR 5844 (48P:184g) Public Relations: Integrated Communications (3)

Electives (18 hours):

**Related course work includes that in marketing, education, political science, history, sociology, psychology, and other disciplinary areas having a direct relationship to the student's program of study. (and other courses approved by advisor)

Research Paper and Comprehensive Exams:

  • Comprehensive Exams (no credit)
  • Research Paper (no credit)

Thesis Option

Required:

  • 30 hours required (includes thesis credit) with at least 9 hours at 6000 level.

Required Core (18 hours):

  • COMMGRAD 6001 (48C:201) Introduction to Graduate Study and Research (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6011/6016 (48C/E/P:224) Communication Theory/Mass Communication Theory (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6022 (48C:236) Communication Research Methodology (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6027 (48P:282) Seminar in Public Relations (3)
  • COMMGRAD 6299 (48P:299) Research (6)
  • COMM PR 5844 (48P:184g) Public Relations: Integrated Communications (3)

  • Electives (12 hours):

Comprehensive Exams (no credit)

Public Relations Program (17 hours of electives for non-thesis; 9 hours of electives for thesis)

COMM  5000 (48C:166g)Selected Topics in Communication

COMM EM 5600 (48E:166g) Selected Topics in Electronic Media

COMMGRAD 6014 Critical and Cultrual Studies in Communication

COMMGRAD 6041 (48C:232) Seminar in Organizational Communication

COMMGRAD 6042 (48C:222) Seminar in Communication

COMMGRAD 6043 (48C:244) Interpersonal Communication

COMMGRAD 6044 (48C:212) Seminar in Performance Studies

COMMGRAD 6045 (48C:282) Seminar in Communication Education

COMMGRAD 6046 (48E:222) Seminar in Mass Communication

COMMGRAD 6285 (48P/E/C:285) Readings in Public Relations, Mass Communication, or Communication

COMMGRAD 6286 (48P/E/C:286) Studies in Public Relations, Mass Communication, or Communication

COMMGRAD 6900 (48P/E/C:292) Graduate Internship

COMM J 5711 (48J:121g) History of Mass Communication

COMM J 5735 (48J:171g) Advanced Reporting

COMM J 5743 (48J:132g) Mass Communication Law and Ethics

COMM J 5754 (48J:151g) Global Mass Communication Systems         

COMM J 5765 (48J:176g) Feature Writing

COMM PR 5811 (48P:188g) Public Relations: Cases and Studies

COMM PR 5822 (48P:170g) Global Public Relations

COMM PR 5855 (48P:182g) Public Relations Campaign Methods