Public Relations

The Public Relations program at Cardinal Stritch has a unique interdisciplinary structure that draws upon the strengths of three degree programs. Courses from Communication, Art, and Computer Science combine with a solid core of Public Relations courses to create a program that prepares students to work in the professional field of public relations. Throughout the program, students build a diversified portfolio demonstrating oral and written strengths, as well as problem- solving skills and audience analysis through the creation of public relations plans, media kits, and more.

Students develop professional experience through experiential and service learning within courses and through self-selected internships. Students are required to complete two internships at different sites and with two different job descriptions. A major in Public Relations will allow the student to develop the skills necessary to confidently enter the growing profession of public relations in a variety of areas, for example: community outreach, customer relations, public relations specialist, social media specialist, internal communications specialist, and event coordinator.


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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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Public Relations Major: 42 Credits

The bulk of required courses for the major come from Communication and Public Relations: CA 101, 252, 260, 301, PR 401, and two semesters of PR 403.  In addition, students choose five of the following Public Relations courses: PR 204, 231, 332, 335, 355, 360, 370 and two approved courses from Art/Computer Science.  (Suggested Art/Computer Science courses include: ART 101, 215, 202, 302, 313, and CS 230.)
For all required major courses a grade of “C” of higher must be achieved. With the exception of PR 401 and PR 403, there are no pre-requisites, but students are advised to begin with 100-level courses, follow those with 200- and 300-level courses, and finish with 400-level courses.

PLO 1 The student demonstrates critical thinking skills (comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, creation).
PLO 2 The student is able to conduct and use audience analysis to craft effective and appropriate messages for diverse audiences.
PLO 3 The student demonstrates effective public speaking skills that meet the needs of goal, context, and audience.
PLO 4 The student demonstrates ability to craft written messages that adhere to professional standards and meet the needs of goal, context and audience.
PLO 5 The student participates as an effective and productive group member.
PLO 6 The student develops and applies a personal code of ethical uses of communication, including rights and responsibilities of expression within a democratic society.

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Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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More than 38,000 Stritch alumni are recognized worldwide for their leadership roles in businesses, health care organizations, corporations, educational institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. Responsive to the needs of their communities, Stritch graduates are critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and lifelong learners.

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