Carthage offers a major and minor in public relations. To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Carthage, students must complete the Carthage Core, Distribution Requirements, and the public relations major requirements listed below. 

Fundamental Courses (12 credits)
  • CDM 1150 Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300 Visual Communication (4 credits)
Core Courses (28 credits)
  • CDM 2200 Principles of Public Relations (4 credits)
  • CDM 3350 Public Relations Writing (4 credits)
  • CDM 3420 Communications Management (4 credits)
  • CDM 3565 Public Relations Skills Assessment (0 credits) *
  • CDM 3800 Public Relations Research Methods (4 credits)
  • CDM 3810 Public Relations Campaigns (4 credits)
  • CDM 3820 Crisis Communications (4 credits)
  • CDM 4030 Public Relations Senior Seminar (4 credits)
Choose One (4 credits)
  • CDM 1900 Adobe Creative Cloud: Level Up (4 credits)
  • CDM 2300 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3000 Rhetoric and Persuasion (4 credits)
  • CDM 3400 Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3570 Public Relations Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3700 Organizational Communication (4 credits)
Choose One (4 credits)
  • BUS 1110 Introduction to Business (4 credits)
  • PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 credits)
  • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • PHL 1200 The Art of Thinking (4 credits)

* The assessment specific to your major will be pass/fail, and the student will have to repeat the assessment with a pass to be cleared to register for an internship and/or senior seminar. If you are double-majoring, you must pass both major assessments.

Students must take CDM 2200 and CDM 3350, and select four courses (16 cr.) from the list below.

For students majoring in communication or graphic design, the overlap between majors and minors must be at or below 50 percent.

  • CDM 3420 Communications Management (4 credits)
  • CDM 3570 Public Relations Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3800 Public Relations Research Methods (4 credits)
  • CDM 3810 Public Relations Campaigns (4 credits)
  • CDM 3820 Crisis Communication (4 credits)

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.