Dec 10, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Public Relations, B.A.


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The Public Relations major provides students with the necessary skills to gain both theoretical and practical experience for the highly competitive practice of public relations.  Using analytical and strategic planning, students gain strong writing practice, and experiential learning through internships, and the senior level capstone Campaigns class.  The student-run Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at YCP participates in a variety of activities, including the prestigious annual Bateman Team Case Study Competition.

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.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Support Courses


In addition, students are required to select five support courses from the following offerings:

Area Elective


Students must complete a three credit Communication (CM) course.

Humanities/Social Science Electives


Students must complete twelve credits in the humanities or social and behavioral sciences at the 200 level or above. One of these courses must be a literature (LIT) course.

Elective Courses (21 credits)


Students must choose 21 credits of elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • FCO 105 Rhetorical Communication 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - American Citizenship course 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - Global Citizenship course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives - Humanities course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives - Arts course 3 credit hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • CM 206 Communication Theory 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Humanities, Social or Behavioral Science course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • CM 327 Persuasion 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Major Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


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