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The Certificate in Public Relations offered at Penn State Berks is designed for communication and business majors who wish to focus their supporting or non-business supporting coursework in a specific professional communication area. The certificate is also designed for working professionals interested in developing their skill-set in public relations. The foundation of the certificate is developed in the Media Writing, Introduction to Public Relations, and Public Relations Media and Methods courses. Students are then allowed to choose one additional advanced course to complete the 12 required hours.


12 credits are required to earn the certificate. A grade of C or better must be earned in each certificate course.

COMM 315 Applications for Media Writing

COMM 370 Public Relations or MKTG 310 Public Relations and Marketing

COMM 471 Public Relations Media and Methods

COMM 472 Public Relations Event Planning or COMM 473 Public Relations Campaigns

For more information on the Public Relations Certificate, please contact:

Catherine Dunning Catanach, APR, Program Coordinator, Communication Arts & Sciences

Office Phone: 610-396-6159

Franco 142

Email Catherine Catanach (cdc18@psu.edu)