Advising

Advising

Professional Advisor: Ms. Lori Brucker, block@rowan.edu


Advising Sheets, Dept. of Public Relations & Advertising

  • Make the most of advising

    • Check your student email for news, reminders, and things you should know
    • Mind the deadlines
    • Stacking up: ask about combining majors, minors, certificates, and graduate study options


(Relatively new) Program udates: things to know about  changes in undergraduate degree requirements for Public Relations and Advertising majors

  • Communication Theory (CMS 04250) is now a related elective for both majors, not a required class.
  • Internships are not required for graduation. They are highly recommended for your professional success. 
  • PR/Advertising Law and Ethics (PR 06355) is a required class for both majors.
  • PR majors must earn a B- or higher in Basic Writing to be eligible to take Advanced Writing. Students who cannot meet this requirement are encouraged to pursue other degree options. 

Make the most of advising

  • Get what you want from your academic experience at Rowan University
    • Ask about double-major in Advertising and Public Relations. Talk to your academic advisor to ensure you are making the right choice and to plan your academic work so you can graduate on (your) time. Most double-majors are taking some summer or winter classes, or taking an additional semester to make the most of their undergraduate experience. 
    • Explore options for minors and certificates in other communication and creative arts programs, or in other fields offered at Rowan University. Some of our majors choose to include options from business, languages, or humanities; others choose our programs to complement their interests in science, math, and engineering. 
    • Interested in a graduate degree, certificate, or class? Ask now about the BA+MA option. You could use your 'senior privilege' to get early admission into the Master's Program. Or get a graduate certificate program. Or take that one graduate class you want to include in your Bachelor's degree. Contact Dr. Kim, the Graduate Program Coordinator. 
  • Mind the deadlines
    • Graduation can feel like a race against multiple and competing deadlines. Mind the warning, suggestions, and opportunities Ms. Block sends to your student mailbox. If you have questions or concerns, set up an appointment. 
    • Time vs. timing: make sure you are taking the right courses in the right sequence. This will make your life easier to manage. See the recommended course sequence by following the link to your program in the table below. 
    • Most capstone courses are now offered during fall, spring, and even summer semesters. Talk to your academic advisor to ensure you are taking the right classes in the right order. 
  • Ask for help, or a second opinion
    • Talk to your academic advisor whenever you have a question, or at least once every semester. Discussion topics may include course requirements, academic performance, internship and professional opportunities.
    • Best kept secret in the academic world: faculty office hours can be used to talk about (almost) anything. Give your professor the chance to know you as a person, to learn about your goals and your hopes. First and foremost, you want to stay on-point academically--and make it easy for your instructors to write letter of recommendation when you need them for your next internship or your next job.

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Internships: Information for Students

  • Pre-requisites: students should complete the basic sequence in their major before attempting to take an internship class.
    • Advertising majors: Introduction to Advertising, Introduction to Public Relations, Introduction to PR/Advertising Research, Advertising Copywriting, and Account Planning
    • Public Relations majors: Introduction to Advertising, Introduction to Public Relations, Introduction to PR/Advertising Research, Basic PR Writing, Advanced PR Writing
  • Internship application: students should contact Ms. Block to obtain access to the internship opportunities database. After locating positions of interest, students should complete the internship application forms and proceed with enrollment in the internship course, if taken for credit. 
  • Internship requirements: if taken for credit, internships require a work load of 120 hours for 3-credit courses, and 240 hours for 6-credit courses. Internships taken for credit require completing both on-site work with the employer, and school-side work with the instructor who is supervising all internship students for that semester.
  • Claiming internship credits: as with all other classes, processing of student enrollment in internship credits should happen at the beginning of the semester for which credits will be claimed. Retroactive requests are rarely approved, even if the student can prove completion of all workload at one of the employers in the internship database. Please talk to an academic advisor as you are planning your internship, to ensure you are completing all approval processes in due time. 
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Internships: Information for Employers

  • Submit your internship position here. Thank you for your interest in collaborating with the Department of Public Relations and Advertising at Rowan University.
  • Paid or not paid? Your decision. Many of our employers choose to recognize the value added by our interns by providing a stipend to cover various expenses associated with the student's travel and living expenses. 
  • Paid internship programs, or regular job listings can also be forwarded to students who meet your selection criteria. Please contact the program advisor, Ms. Block, for details. 
  • Credit-bearing internships: you decide how you configure the position for which you are hiring.
    • Credit-bearing internships require processing and approval before the beginning of the semester in which credits will be awarded for the internship experience. Please check with your interns to ensure they have completed all required paperwork, to avoid unnecessary aggravation. 
    • Typical workload includes about 120 hours for 3-credit internships; and 240 hours for 6-credit internships. These credits are counted toward the student's enrollment (load, tuition, and any applicable univevrsity fees).
    • Credit-bearing internships are subject to department policies. Students are required to file work logs, samples of work completed for the employers, and participate in meetings and activities with the faculty who supervise all student interns. Internship grades count toward the student's GPA. 
    • Employers supervising credit-bearing internship must file periodic evaluations (typically, midway and at the end of the internship) with the internship program faculty supervisor. 
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