The Department of Communication offers an Honours Bachelor in Public Relations. This is a joint program with Algonquin College (in English) and with La Cité (in French).
In Canada, there is a high demand in the public relations industry. This career offers you a wide variety of functions and tasks: developing communication plans, strategies, and materials; organizing events; producing visual and online materials; and managing crises. Public relations are ubiquitous in politics, business, NGOs, and the entertainment industry.
There are two ways to complete this degree:
1) Register for the honours bachelor's degree at the University and, after completing 60 units there (four sessions), transfer to Algonquin College to complete the diploma program in public relations. Because of space limitations at Algonquin, the college can only accept 25 students in this stream. Also, you must have an average of at least 70% (CPGA of 6.0 at uOttawa) to be admitted.
2) Start by completing two years in public relations at Algonquin College (you must maintain an average of at least 70%, GPA of 3.0 at the college level) and then transfer to uOttawa to do four more sessions (60 units). The University has no registration limits in this case.
This program is offered in English and in French.
Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.
|CMN 1148||Introduction to Organizational Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 1160||Introduction to Media Studies||3 Units|
|ENG 1100||Workshop in Essay Writing||3 Units|
|CMN 2101||Research Methods in Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 2130||Interpersonal Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 2148||Organizational Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 2160||Theories of the Media||3 Units|
|CMN 2170||New Media||3 Units|
|CMN 3102||Quantitative Methods||3 Units|
|CMN 3103||Qualitative Methods||3 Units|
|CMN 3105||Media Ethics||3 Units|
|CMN 3130||Communication Planning||3 Units|
|CMN 3144||Public Relations 1||3 Units|
|CMN 4132||Crisis Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 4144||Advanced Public Relations Seminar||3 Units|
|6 course units in communication (CMN) from:||6 Units|
|Ethics and Information Society|
|Negotiation and Mediation|
|Social Uses of New Media|
|9 optional course units in communication (CMN) from the list of optional courses||9 Units|
|60 course units in equivalences for the diploma in Public Relations from Algonquin College||60 Units|
Students who have completed the degree in Public Relations from Algonquin College are exempted from CMN 3144. Therefore, they must replace this course with 3 optional course units in communication (CMN).
List of Optional Courses
|CMN 2173||Advertising and Society||3 Units|
|CMN 2180||Popular Culture and Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 3133||Political Communication||3 Units|
|CMN 3148||Organizational Communication Consulting and Training||3 Units|
|CMN 3155||Public Opinion||3 Units|
|CMN 3165||Media Industries||3 Units|
|CMN 3174||Advertising Techniques||3 Units|
|CMN 4100||Special Issues||3 Units|
|CMN 4129||Communication and Change in Organizations||3 Units|
|CMN 4131||Negotiation and Mediation||3 Units|
|CMN 4148||Communication in Governmental Organizations||3 Units|
|CMN 4166||Audience Research||3 Units|