Public Relations Certificate Program
The Public Relations Certificate is designed for students who have or are pursuing a baccalaureate degree and wish to specialize in the area of public relations. The 24-credit program includes courses in writing for the media, publication design, speech communication, as well as other areas of public relations. Upon completion of the program, students with a baccalaureate degree receive an official Public Relations Certificate.
|COM 104||Speech Communication||3|
|or COM 290||Professional/Strategic Speech|
|COM 107||Persuasive Writing for Media||3|
|COM 212||Publication Design||3|
|COM 240||Public Relations||3|
|COM 316||Feature Writing||3|
|COM 341||Publicity Methods||3|
|COM 440||Cases & Campaigns in PR||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Fundamentals of Video Production|
|Issues in Event Planning|
|Sports Media Relations|
|Communication Research Methods|
A grade of “C+” or better in each course is required for the certificate. A minimum of six of the required courses must be taken at Rider.
Minimum admissions requirements for the public relations certificate are:
- a baccalaureate degree or be a candidate for a baccalaureate degree (usually at Rider);
- junior standing or beyond (may take some courses before admission to the program);
- a 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate work or evidence of acceptable public relations experience.
This program is available only to students enrolled in CCS.
Program Completion and Certification
Students will receive their certificates after successfully completing the eight required courses. Students without a baccalaureate degree will receive their certificates after completing the eight required courses and the baccalaureate degree. The notation Public Relations Certificate will appear on the student’s Rider transcript when the certificate is awarded. Students leaving CCS for any other Rider undergraduate program before earning the certificate will not be eligible for the certificate.
Dean, College of Continuing Studies
Bart Luedeke Center