Public Relations Minor

Declare a Minor in Public Relations

Complete PR Minor Information Session and Quiz. New minors are declared every Friday, with the exception of those that occur during Priority Registration.

Public Relations Minor Advisor

Dr. Allison Ewing-Cooper
Douglass Building, Room 210

Students must complete a minimum of 18 units and have a 2.0 GPA in the minor to graduate. At least 3 units must be completed at the University of Arizona.


Continuing students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 and no pending incomplete grades.

What's required?

Core (9 units required for the minor)
COMM 101 Introduction to Communication**
PR 313 Communication & Public Relations
PR 317 Strategic Writing for Public Relations

Internship (3 units required for the minor)
PR 393 Public Relations Internship

Electives (6 units required for the minor)
PR 119 Public Speaking
PR 209 Intro to Communication Technology
PR 228 Introduction to Research Methods in Communication
PR 314 Creative Professional Communication
PR 318 Persuasion
BNAD 303 Marketing Principles, Concepts & Tools
ENGL 307 Business Writing
ESOC 212 Social Media Strategies Across Professions
ESOC 213 The Past & New Media
ESOC 300 Digital Storytelling & Culture
JOUR 109 Introduction to Journalism
JOUR 209 Writing & Reporting
JOUR 219 Media Law & Ethics
JOUR 319 Visual Journalism

** Special information for COMM Majors wishing to have a PR Minor: Courses MAY NOT be used for PR minor and COMM major.  Students wishing to combine the COMM major and the PR minor will need to plan their curriculum carefully, and will need to prepare for possible delays in getting courses. They will also need to pay careful attention to prerequisites and availability for all courses, especially electives outside of the Communication department. For COMM majors, COMM 101 counts towards the major, therefore an ADDITIONAL elective is required in the PR minor to reach the required 18 credit hours.

How do I enroll in PR 393 Internship units?

Apply for internship units prior to the semester/summer session in which you plan to complete the internship so that you are registered before the first day of classes (e.g., if you plan to complete an internship in the fall, you should submit your internship application a week before the first day of fall classes so that your application can be reviewed and you can be registered before the first day of classes to avoid late add fees). All summer internship students are registered for 7 Week II Summer units. We will register students after the first day of classes, but it is to your benefit to submit your application before the first day of classes. Internship students will be graded using the SPF grading scale; the final grade is not included in the GPA:

How do I qualify for PR 393 Internship units?

To qualify for PR internship credit, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a declared Public Relations minor
  • Have completed PR/COMM 313: Communication and Public Relations
  • Have a 2.0 cumulative GPA in University of Arizona coursework

The following materials should be included in your application:

  1. Internship application form (download here)
  2. Unofficial UA transcript
  3. Résumé

Email your completed application to Kaylin Duncan at for review. Questions about internship should be directed to Internship Coordinator Kaylin Duncan at or Internship Director Kyle Tusing at

How else can I get involved?

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a new club on campus, offering members a chance to learn and engage in the industry of Public Relations.  PRSSA members will have the opportunity to work on PR campaigns for real-world clients and gain working experience with many facets of the job (e.g., overseeing marketing research, bringing in new business opportunities, managing client relationships and events and implementing social media PR strategies).  Meetings will also feature guest speakers with local public relations professionals and University of Arizona Career Service employees, who will share professional insights to help maximize club members' career potential and opportunities. 

President Contact Info: Cassidy Molino, Email: Be sure to join our Facebook group!
Faculty Contact Info: Carolyn Smith Casertano, Email:
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