2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
    Oct 22, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Communication, BA, Concentration: Public Relations & Journalism


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About the Program


Degree Requirements


  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major and Concentration Core courses; minimum grade of C- required for all Gen Ed and CHESS College Core courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)


CHESS College Core (36 Credits)


  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list.  

Other Required Courses (24 Credits)


Free Electives (24 Credits) - choose eight (8) free elective courses for further study in Communication or for a Minor in any department

Total 120 Credits Required


Degree Map


Requirements


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all Major and Concentration Core courses; minimum grade of C- required for all Gen Ed and CHESS College Core courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  Two COM EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 3 (15 Credits)


Semester 4 (15 Credits)


Semester 7 (15 Credits)


Semester 8 (15 Credits)


Additional Information and Guidelines


Note 1: Freshman Seminar in Communication (FYE) requirement also met with any other PNW (FYE) course from 1-3 credit

Note 2: At least two courses must be COM ExL courses. Prerequisites may apply.

Note 3: Free Elective:  choose electives for further study in Communication or for Minor in any department.  Prerequisites may apply.  Up to 15 credits of free electives at 30000 level or higher may be required to meet Purdue University Northwest residency rule.

Note 4: Select from any Communication & Creative Arts General Education Core courses. Once you use a course for this section, it cannot be used for other sections.

Note 5: COM 45200- Practicum in Journalism is not repeatable.          

Note 6: The Public Relations & Journalism Concentration capstone course is COM 46000- Advanced Public Relations or COM 45200- Practicum in Journalism.

Resources


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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