Public Relations - BA

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    Program Contact: Peta Leitermann-Long

    Do you like to tell stories? Particularly the stories of other people? Are you willing to tell their stories to the media, the community or employees? Then choosing a major in public relations may be just what you're looking for. 

    As a public relations major, you'll write. You'll speak. You'll think. You'll learn how to be a master storyteller. You'll also learn by doing. You'll work for the student newspaper, The Source.  And, you'll get a chance to serve an internship where you can help plan events, write press releases, take pictures, design Web pages, write stories, and more. 

    When you graduate, you'll be ready for a public relations job in several different areas. Work in media relations keeping clients in the news - or keeping them out. Plan special events. Work on publications. Create Web pages. Write press releases and newsletters. Or, take what you've learned and go to graduate school.

    What you can do with a degree in Public Relations . Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements

    Course Requirements in the Major

    Total credits required for the major: 38

    Required minor* variable

    Note: Transfer students who have earned a previous degree do not need to complete a minor.

    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    *A PR major must declare a minor in one of the following: art, business management, English, international studies, political science, psychology, or sociology. Upon approval, other minors may be used to complete the requirement.

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Additional Information:

    If you're a public relations major, you will need to declare a minor in one of the following: art, business management, english, international studies, political science, psychology, or sociology. You can minor in another area, but you need to get approval first. 

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Marketing and communications coordinator for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
    • District executive with the Boy Scouts of America in Pittsburgh