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Public Relations

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Public Relations (120 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into their desired major in the College of Communication upon admission and enrollment at Washington State University.

To remain admitted in any major in the College of Communication, a student must complete all required courses and remain in good academic standing. COM 300 must be completed with a C or better, and only two attempts are allowed and a “W” is counted as an attempt. With an appeal to the department chair, a student may request to take COM 300 for a 3rd attempt during a summer session. All pre-requisites must be met in order to move through the Murrow curriculum. If a student fails to complete the required curriculum, they will not be able to remain admitted in the Murrow College. If a student is failing to complete academic requirements in a reasonable timeline, an advisor will work with the student to identify another academic path. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to graduate with a degree from the Murrow College.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students bringing in 30 or more semester credits from an outside institution, and a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA will be directly admitted into the Murrow College. After consulting with a Murrow academic advisor, a student transferring with junior status (60 or more semester credits), with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA, and who has completed COM 101 or COM 105 from another institution, will be allowed to take COM 300 in their first semester at WSU with all remaining 100 level required communication courses. All transfer students are required to consult with a Murrow academic advisor prior to enrollment at WSU.

First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI]13
COM 1013
COM 1383
Diversity [DIVR]3
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)14
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M] 3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
MKTG 3603
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
COM 3093
Major Electives 23
Second TermCredits
Major Electives 26
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Second TermCredits
Specialization Course43
Major Electives 23

1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
2Major Electives (12 credits): Select 300-400-level courses from COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, COMSTRAT not used to meet other requirements, COM 495 internship credits, COM 497 or COMSOC 499 Special Projects credits in consultation with advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of 495/497/499 may apply towards major electives.
3A maximum of 12 credits of COM/COMJOUR/COMSOC/COMSTRAT 495/497/499 allowed towards 120 credits required for graduation. Consult with a Murrow advisor.
4Specialization Course (3 credits): Any COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT 475-490 not used to meet other requirements.

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