Public Relations Course Listings

A major and a minor are available in public relations. See also majors and minors in communication and marketing.

Major in public relations

46 credit hours

  • Bus 316, Principles of Marketing 3
  • Bus 336, Advertising 3
  • One of the following courses:3
    • Comm 108, Digital Design
    • Art 107, Design
  • Comm 200, Communication Practice 2
  • Comm 202, Oral Communication3
  • Comm 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Comm 240, Communication Research 3
  • Comm 250, Writing for Media 3
  • Comm 270, Media Law and Ethics 3
  • Comm 322, Organizational Communication 3
  • Comm 324, Principles of Public Relations 3
  • Comm 383, Communication and Society 3
  • Comm 409, Internship 4
  • Comm 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Comm 412, Special Project: Events 1
  • Selected from the following courses: 3
    • Art 208, Typography
    • Bus 121, Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • Bus 220, Office Software Productivity
    • Bus 315, Principles of Management
    • Bus 319, Leading Nonprofit Organizations
    • Bus 338, Sales
    • Comm 190, Introduction to Radio
    • Comm 255, Photo Communication
    • Comm 260, Broadcast Writing
    • Comm 308, Feature Writing
    • Comm 326, Creating for the Web
    • Comm 350, Reporting for the Public Good
    • Comm 412, Special Projects
    • Thea 235, The Power of Story
  • At least four semesters participation in GCTV, Record, PRSSA and/or WGCS NC

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in public relations will:

  1. Comprehend a core of knowledge in the field.
  2. Create a diverse portfolio that reflects their work in public relations.
  3. Demonstrate a set of professional skills and competencies in their practice of public relations.
  4. Serve the college and broader public through co-curricular media involvement.
  5. Demonstrate competence in securing and completing two or more internships.
  6. Report that courses and other collegiate training prepared them for a position in public relations or a related career.
  7. Integrate Christian values, professional conduct and a global perspective.
  8. Gain experience in practicing public relations as members of a team.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Communication Research
100-299 level courses in major
Second year Goshen Core
Media Law and Ethics
Expository Writing
Other courses in major
SST
Third year Goshen Core
Communication and Society
Courses in major
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Internships
Senior Seminar

Planning and advising notes

Comm 200, Communication Practice should be with a co-curricular closely related to the major. The public relations major requires two internships: one for three credit hours and a second for one credit hour. A portfolio or its equivalent is required for graduation.

Academic requirements: public relations majors and minors must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses required for their major or minor. Failure to attain this level of achievement requires the student to either repeat the course (for specific requirements) or take an additional course (an option for elective courses) and achieve a grade of C- or higher.

A maximum of 45 credit hours in communication courses may be applied to a degree. Also, no more than 12 credit hours in experiential learning (Comm 200, 209, 409 or 412) may be applied.

Minor in public relations

18 credit hours

  • Bus 316, Principles of Marketing 3
  • Comm 250, Writing for Media 3
  • Comm 322, Organizational Communication 3
  • Comm 324, Principles of Public Relations 3
  • Courses selected from the following: 6
    • Bus 319, Leading Nonprofit Organizations
    • Bus 336, Advertising
    • Comm 108, Digital Design
    • Comm 190, Introduction to Radio
    • Comm 200, Communication Practice
    • Comm 202, Oral Communication
    • Comm 212, Digital Media Production
    • Comm 240, Communication Research
    • Comm 255, Photo Communication
    • Comm 260, Broadcast Writing
    • Comm 270, Media Law and Ethics
    • Comm 290, Radio Operations
    • Comm 308, Feature Writing
    • Comm 312, Advanced Digital Media Production
    • Comm 326, Creating for the Web
    • Comm 385: Studies in Communication: Religious Journalism
    • Comm 409, Internship
    • Comm 412, Special Project