The role of public relations practitioner is more important than ever before. Public relations is a unique combination of strategic communications, marketing and journalism, which are vital and rewarding skills within the world of criminal justice. Waldorf’s Bachelor of Science in criminal justice with a concentration in public relations will help you understand the applied science of criminal justice, while also building your background in communication skills, media relations and crisis management.

Public Relations Concentration

The concentration in public relations introduces students to the application of information gathering and dissemination as it relates to the field of criminal justice. Through this program, students develop the skills necessary to directly engage with diverse audiences and communities, which includes compelling courses on the power of persuasive communication, the keys to special event planning and the production of social media content.

Estimated time to complete this bachelor’s degree program is four years with full-time enrollment.

This program is available online only.

B.A./B.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the core curriculum and the curriculum for the major, totaling 120 credits
  • A grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration(s)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed at Waldorf
  • Minimum of 36 upper-division credit hours

Review the complete list of core requirements for this program.

Major/Core Requirements
Requirements Credit Hours
Major Requirements 60
Courses Required for Major 31
Concentration 12
Remaining Professional Electives 17
Core Requirements 60
Grand Total: 120
Public Relations Concentration Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
COM 1020 Introduction to Digital Technology 3
COM 2040 Introduction to Public Relations 3
COM 3180 Editing 3
COM 4220 Public Relations Skills 3
Total Concentration Credit Hours: 12