Public Relations

Part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media (, the Departments of Communication Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in public relations.

Contact: Regina A. Bell, MA, Public Relations, (401) 874-2857.

This interdisciplinary major combines a liberal arts education with the skills important to a career in public relations. Working with the public relations advisor, students will develop a specific program of studies.

Students must complete the following courses before being accepted into the major: PRS 100: Intro to Public Relations and COM 202: Public Speaking. Students apply to the public relations program in February of each year.  The major requires an overall GPA of 2.50 and a 2.50 GPA in the pre-major courses. Exception: discretion of the chairperson of Communication Studies.

The major requires 33 credits plus two pre-major courses (PRS 100, COM 202); students enroll in the following courses once accepted to the major- PRS 320 (prerequisite of PRS/WRT 331), 340, 441, 491; COM 381; PRS/WRT 331 (prerequisite of a 200-level WRT course), and PRS/JOR 341 (21). Students must complete four courses (12 credits) from the following including at least one course from each category—Category A: JOR 321, WRT 201, 235, 302, 303, 304; Category B: BUS 365, 465, 468; Category C: COM 302, 351, 415, 450; Category D: COM 415; JOR 410, 442; PRS 200, 300, 442; PSY 335. A student must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in her or his major to meet graduation requirements.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be at the 300 level or above.

A minor is also available (see Interdepartmental Minors).