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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Relations, B.S.

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Degree: Bachelor of Science Degree
Office: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Communication & Media
Phone: (470) 578-6298

The Public Relations major at Kennesaw State University offers a professionally-focused, marketplace-relevant, and theoretically-rigorous academic program for aspiring public relations communicators throughout Metro Atlanta and Northwest Georgia. Kennesaw State is one of only three universities in the state of Georgia to offer a specific major in the ever-evolving discipline of Public Relations.  The major offers students a public relations education that includes public relations principles, case study analysis, public relations writing, crisis communication, graphic design for organizational publications, persuasion methods and strategies, and use of social media and other multi-media communication strategies in public relations. Internships and study tours to New York and Atlanta public relations agencies supplement the traditional classroom and online learning settings.

The major requires 18 credit hours of lower division course work (1000-2000 level) comprising various offerings, both inside and outside of the communication discipline, that serve as important groundwork leading to advanced studies. Lower division offerings include basic courses in communication research, visual communication, public speaking, writing, information systems, and an introductory course relevant to the student’s selected program of study.

All communication majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all communication courses counted toward their degree and pass the Communication Entrance Exam with a score of 78% or higher. Students who fail to pass the grammar test in three attempts must pursue majors in other departments.

To be eligible to apply to a major in Public Relations, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the School of Communication & Media (SOCM) Sophomore GPA Requirement. This Sophomore GPA requirement consists of combined adjusted 2.75 GPA in the following five courses:
  • Achieve a satisfactory score of 78% or higher the SOCM Entrance Exam. Students may take the test no more than three times.

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Requirements  

Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

Upper division coursework (3000-4000 level) must be outside of the School of Communication & Media.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any course (1000-4000) in the university curriculum, with a grade of “D” or better.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements  

Graduation Credit Hour Total (123 Credit Hours)

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