Students already enrolled at the University of Florida who want to change their major to public relations or to add public relations as a second major must consult with the College of Journalism and Communications’ PATH office (Weimer 1060) before applying for admission. Students currently majoring in advertising, journalism, or telecommunications must be “on track” for their respective major to be eligible to transfer to public relations. Students from all other majors must be making appropriate progress toward graduation in their current major.
The Department of Public Relations is a limited access program. It currently has an enrollment cap of 500 juniors and seniors. Students already enrolled at the University of Florida who want to change their major to public relations or to add public relations as a second major must apply for admission. All applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Admission is highly competitive.
Transfer requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Prior to or during the semester/session of review, students applying for admission must take PUR3000 – Principles of Public Relations. Earning a “C” or better in PUR3000 is a prerequisite for subsequent courses in the major.
Students who have not been admitted to the College of Journalism and Communications must have a 3.0 overall GPA for admission. Students must have strong writing and critical-thinking skills.
Students are advised that changing to or adding a public relations major likely will require them to extend their time of study to obtain a bachelor’s degree by one or more semesters due to the major’s curriculum, which is structured by prerequisites and takes four or more semesters to complete.
Students must submit (hand-delivered or by USPS) the following documents to Dr. Marcia DiStaso, Chair of the Department of Public Relations:
- Completed Application for Admission Form
- Current UF transcript, downloaded and printed
- Business letter—in appropriate format and style—stating your reasons for changing to/adding public relations as your major and career aspirations
- One-page résumé outlining your education, work experience (paid and unpaid), extracurricular activities, honors, and special skills
- One-page essay summarizing important points of one full article in latest issue of Public Relations Strategist available in the Library West. You should include two direct quotes with corresponding page numbers.
ALL documents constituting the application must be submitted one month prior to Advance Registration for the next semester/session. Standard deadline dates are the first Friday in October, first Friday in February, and first Friday in June.
A faculty committee, headed by the department chair, reviews applications usually within two weeks following the deadline. Decisions are based on numerous factors, including the applicant’s writing ability, understanding of public relations as an organizational function, past academic performance, number of completed credit hours (more than 60 hours usually means a prolonged college career to fulfill the major’s requirements), and the department’s current enrollment.
The department’s decision is relayed to applicants in time for Advance Registration for the next semester/session.
Questions should be directed to Dr. DiStaso.
Students with fewer than 59 credit hours who are on track for the major and have the minimum 3.0 GPA are exempt from this policy. They may change their major to public relations by requesting the change to staff in the College of Journalism and Communications’ Office of Student Services (Weimer 1000).