Program Structure

  • 63 hours of university and college core courses
  • +6 hours required Communication core courses
  • +36 hours of required Public Relations courses (courses taken in prerequisite order)
  • +19 hours General Electives
  • =124 Total Hours
  • = BA Degree in Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations

Core Curriculum

All students who enter MSU must meet the common core curriculum requirements as set by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi to qualify for any bachelor's degree.

  • English Composition (6 hours)
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
  • Mathematics (6 hours)
    • College Algebra
    • Trigonometry OR Intro to Statistics
  • Foreign Language (3 hours)
    • Must complete the third level course in one language
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
    • CO 1503 Introduction to Theatre OR other fine arts approved by advisor
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
    • CO 1003 Public Speaking OR CO 1013 Introduction to Communication as approved by advisor
  • Natural Sciences (9 hours)
    • One Biological Science with a lab
    • One Physical Science with a lab
    • One Natural Science, lab not required
  • Humanities (18 hours)
    • One Literature course from A&S core list
    • One History course from A&S core list
    • One PHI course (must be a Philosophy course; cannot be a Religion course)
    • Three courses (nine hours) Humanities electives from EN, HI, PHI, REL, or approved AASc courses covering at least two subject areas
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours): No more than 6 hours from one discipline (CO & EC only 3 hours allowed)
    • PSY 1013 General Psychology
    • SO 1003 Introduction to Sociology
    • GR 1123 Introduction to World Geography
    • Two courses (6 hours) Social Science Electives (see advisor for list of courses)

Communication Required Courses:

  • CO 1223 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • CO 1403 Introduction to Mass Media

Public Relations Required Courses:

  • CO 2413 Introduction to News Writing and Reporting
  • CO 3803 Principles of Public Relations
  • CO 3813 Case Problems
  • CO 3853 PR Writing
  • CO 3863 PR Production
  • CO 3873 PR Multimedia
  • CO 4253 Elements of Persuasion
  • CO 4313 Mass Media Law or CO 4323 Mass Media & Society
  • CO 4803 Research in PR
  • CO 4813 PR in Organizations
  • CO Upper Division Elective (CO course at 3000-4000 level)
  • CO Upper Division Elective (CO course at 3000-4000 level)