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B.S. in Public Relations

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 124

The Public Relations major at Georgia Southern University, housed on the Statesboro campus, allows students to gain real-world experience with internships at top-rate agencies and the opportunity to run their own agency. Students hire clients and help plan conferences, design newsletters, and complete public relations campaigns. The Public Relations program incorporates journalism, business, and communication studies courses to prepare students for a variety of careers in the public relations field.

If you are a current student and want information about internships, please click the Departmental Internal Site link in the menu, then click on the Public Relations tab. You can also email Dr. Groover for more information.

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Program Resources

Course Rotation
This course rotation is tentative and is dependent on the availability of faculty. 
The following courses are typically offered both fall and spring semesters each year:
PRCA 3100: Introduction to Public Relations
PRCA 3330: Public Relations Writing
PRCA 3711: Public Relations Practicum
PRCA 4330: Public Relations Research
PRCA 4339: Public Relations Campaign Strategies
PRCA 4711: Public Relations Practicum
PRCA 4791: Public Relations Internship
The following courses are typically offered every fall semester:
PRCA 4332: Public Relations Crisis Communication
The following courses are typically offered fall semesters in odd years:
PRCA/INTS 3333: International Public Relations
PRCA 3335: Non-Profit Public Relations
The following courses are typically offered fall semesters in even years:
PRCA 3331: Corporate Public Relations OR PRCA 4331: Public Relations Firms
Health Promotion
The following courses are typically offered each spring semester:
PRCA 3332: Public Relations Event Management
PRCA 3334: Social Media & Public Relations
PRCA 3339: Public Relations Publications
PRCA 4335: Senior Seminar
The following courses which may be offered during the summer:
PRCA 3100: Introduction to Public Relations
PRCA 4791: Public Relations Internship
An Upper Division Public Relations Elective
Graduation Plan

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations Graduation Plan

Course Descriptions

Semester One:  Semester Two: 
  • FYE 1220 – First Year Experience
  • *ENGL 1101 – Composition I
  • Area A2 (MATH 1101 recommended)
  • Area C elective
  • Area D1 Science & Lab
  • KINS 1525 – Concepts of Health & PE
  • *ENGL 1102 – Composition II
  • Area E History or Government
  • Area F – COMM 1100 or COMS 2330
  • Area B Elective
  • Area C
  • CORE 2000 – Arts & Humanities Capstone
Semester Three: Semester Four:
  • *COMM 2332 – Media & Society
  • INTS 2130 – Intro to International Studies
  • Area D1 Science & Lab
  • Area E History or Government
  • Area E Elective
  • *COMM 1110 – Public Speaking
  • *MMJ 2331 – Intro to Journalism
  • *PRCA 3100 – Intro to Public Relations
  • HIST 1112 – World History
  • Area D2 Science Elective
Semester Five: Semester Six:
  • *PRCA 3330 – PR Writing
  • *Theory/Law Elective
  • *MMJ 3100 News Reporting & Writing I
  • Elective or ECON 2106
  • *Area F Media/Comm Elective
  • *PRCA 4330 PR Research
  • *Theory/Law Elective
  • *MKTG 3131 or MMJ 3332
  • *Upper Division PR Elective
  • Free Elective
Semester Seven: Semester Eight:
  • *PRCA 4339 PR Campaign Strategies
  • *Media Elective
  • *MKTG 3132 or MMJ Upper Division
  • *Upper Division COMS Elective
  • Free Elective
  • *PRCA 4791 Internship or PRCA 4335 Senior Seminar
  • *PRCA 3711 – PR Practicum
  • *Upper Division PR Elective
  • *Comm Arts Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

* A grade of “C” or better is required.

L.E.A.P. Certification

L.E.A.P. is a certification program sponsored by the Georgia Southern University Public Relations Advisory Board available for Public Relations majors at Georgia Southern.  Focusing on four key components, the acronym L.E.A.P. stands for LeadershipExperience in CommunicationAcademics, and Professionalism. Students can achieve certification through earning points in each of these four areas.

Students who complete the L.E.A.P. certification program will receive recognition of this accomplishment on their resume, a post-graduation interview with a Georgia Southern Public Relations Advisory Board member and a certificate. The certification shows potential employers the student went above and beyond what was expected in the degree program, as well as builds his or her portfolio.

“I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes from recent grads, and Georgia Southern’s L.E.A.P. certification caught my eye. It became a great talking point for the job candidate, and it allowed me to better understand both her past experience and potential as a high performer. I hired her as an intern; today she is one our vice presidents,” Caroline Wilbert, president of The Wilbert Group, one of the largest Atlanta-based PR agencies.

Minor in Public Relations


COMM 2332 – Media and Society (3)

MMJ 2331 – Introduction to Journalism (3)

Minor Program:

COMM 3337 – Mass Communication Law (3)

PRCA 3100– Introduction to Public Relations (3)

PRCA 3330 – Public Relations Writing (3)

PRCA – Upper Division electives with appropriate prerequisites (6 hours)* (Upper Division electives cannot include internship courses)

Public Relations Advisory Board

The Public Relations Advisory Board is comprised primarily of alumni, but also include  “friends of Georgia Southern.” Would you like to serve on the PR Advisory Board? If so, please send us an email with your name, occupation, and contact information. Please include a statement of interest in regard to why you would like to serve on the board, and if you are an alumnus, please let us know!

Advisory Board Members
Andrew AganCookerly Public RelationsAtlanta, Ga.
Urkovia AndrewsGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
BJ BaeGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
Lauren BaylissGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
Pamela Bourland-DavisGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
Julie DavisGeorgia PacificAtlanta, Ga.
Russ DavisTechnology Association of GeorgiaAtlanta, Ga.
Carey FerraraGaslight GroupSavannah, Ga.
Judy Graham-WeaverDelta AirlinesAtlanta, Ga.
Michelle GrooverGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
Jeannice HallADPAtlanta, Ga.
Chris HarvinGlobal PointWashington, D.C.
Lindsay HaynesFocus BrandsAtlanta, Ga.
Haley HiggsGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
Abby JeffersAdams Outdoor AdvertisingCharleston, S.C.
Lisa MullerGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Ga.
Kathryn PotterTravel Factor CommunicationsWashington, D.C.
Karla Redding-AndrewsOtis Redding FoundationMacon, Ga.
Don RountreeRountree GroupAtlanta, Ga.
Chelsey ThompkinsCPC AdvisorsAtlanta, Ga.
Carrie ThompsonGeorgia Pacific, Savannah River MillRincon, Ga.

Alumni Spotlights

We are proud of our alumni!

PRSA Certification in Education for Public Relations

In 2021, the public relations area received Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). This certification is for a six year period. Read more here.

Public Relations Society of American awards Certification in Education for Public Relations to Georgia Southern University

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Last updated: 11/28/2023