Public Relations Minor (Revised for fall 2016) Why public relations? Public Relations minors learn how to manage and promote the public images of people, businesses and organizations. Students also gain the "people skills" necessary to be successful in many and varied careers, making it a minor that pairs well with numerous areas of study. Goes great with: Criminal Justice Entrepreneurship Graphic Design Human Resource Management Human Services Marketing Pastoral & Youth Ministry Political Science Psychology Sociology Sport Management Theatre Course descriptions A. The following courses make up the Public Relations minor: COM150 Social and New Media Communication COM201 Beginning Newswriting COM230 Principles of Public Relations COM314 Public Relations Writing B. 6 upper-division credits approved by Department of Communication chair Course descriptions + More (From the 2011-13 Catalog) A. The following courses make up the Public Relations minor COM201 - Reporting I (3 credits) Principles and practice in journalistic writing and related skills and theory, including style and conventions of journalistic writing, news judgment criteria, techniques for interviewing, ethical dimensions. Extensive writing in and out of class. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: Either E120 or E220. COM230 - Principles of Public Relations (3 credits) Theory, history, and practice of public relations in society; consideration of public relations programs, the process of influencing public opinion, the responsibilities of the public relations practitioner, ethics of public relations practice, and professional public relations organizations. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: COM111 COM314 - Public Relations Writing (3 credits) Intensive writing in the forms characteristic of public relations; practice in writing news releases, fact sheets, newsletters, company periodicals, brochures, annual reports, and corporate advertising. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: COM111, COM201, and COM230. COM350 - Digital Communication Strategies (3 credits) This course will cover tactical and strategic implementation of digital media-including social networking, podcasting, blogging, multimedia storytelling and editing, and other context creation platforms. Typically offered fall and spring semesters. COM488 - Contemporary Issues in Mass Communication (3 credits) An examination of contemporary ethical situations regarding the media professionalﾒs role in determining guidelines to provide the public with relevant contextual material. Emphasis in this course is placed upon an understanding of the limits and guarantees of the First Amendment, the four major theories of the press and the practice of communications as part of a community. Offered fall semester only.