Why public relations?
Public Relations minors learn how to manage and promotoe 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 - Corrections track
- Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement track
- Graphic Design
- Human Resource Management
- Human Services
- Pastoral & Youth Ministry
- Political Science - American/International Politics track
- Political Science - Public Administration/Policy track
- Social Science
- Sport Management
- Theatre Arts
This minor is not available to students majoring in Electronic Publishing, Public Relations or Journalism.
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
A. The following courses make up the Public Relations minor
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dean Beckman, M.S.
Chair, Communication Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1452
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1502