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Public Relations Minor

Declare a Minor in Public Relations

Complete the PR Minor Info Session and Quiz. New minors are declared every Friday at the start of the business day.

Public Relations Minor Advisor

Laura Owen
(520) 621-7695
lauraowen@arizona.edu

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.

Beginning Fall 2020, COMM/PR 313 will no longer be offered. If you haven't taken COMM/PR 313 for your minor yet, please take PR 201 (Introduction to PR) instead. 

Prerequisites

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)
PR/COMM 201 Introduction to PR
PR/COMM 318 Persuasion
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/COMM 119 Public Speaking
PR 202 Sports PR 
PR 203 Nonprofit PR
PR 204 PR Strategy
PR 205 PR Ethics
PR 314 Creative Professional Communication 
PR 421 PR Campaigns 
PR 423 PR Crisis Communication

** 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: https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/university-wide-house-numbered-courses.

How do I qualify for PR 393 Internship units?

June 30, 2020 update: In-person Internships are now permitted as long as the Host Institution (i.e., the organization sponsoring your internship) satisfactorily indicates that risks can and will be managed through observation of health and safety protocols at the site by completing an Assessment of Recommended COVID-19 Workplace Risk Management Protocol for Credit-bearing Experiential Learning (click below for this document):

Assessment of Recommended COVID-19 Workplace Risk Management Protocol for Credit-bearing Experiential Learning

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 -or- PR/COMM 201: Introduction to 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 kduncan7@arizona.edu for review. Questions about internship should be directed to Internship Coordinator Kaylin Duncan at kduncan7@arizona.edu or Internship Director Kyle Tusing at kjt@arizona.edu.

How else can I get involved?

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a club that 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: Kayla Breitkopf, Email: kaylabreitkopf@arizona.edu. Be sure to join our Facebook group!
Faculty Contact Info: Carolyn Smith Casertano, Email: carolynsmith@arizona.edu.

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