The Public Relations major provides students with the necessary skills to gain entry-level positions, while preparing them for a career in the highly competitive practice of public relations. As most entry-level positions require strong writing skills, our program requires majors to take writing classes designed for work in public relations. Students practice those writing skills in preparing papers and projects required in upper-level major classes. Public relations practitioners must also think analytically and plan strategically. These skills are taught and used in the senior-level public relations classes. Students are encouraged to take internships to develop work experience in the field and to develop professional portfolios to show potential employers. Our graduates find positions in the corporate sector, public relations firms and the not-for-profit sector across the country.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Public Relations must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.
In addition, students majoring in Public Relations must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken in the major.