The Public Communication and Culture Studies (PCCS) discipline was formed to reflect the contemporary character of communication professions while also emphasizing the tradition of communication as a field of academic inquiry that is central to understanding public life and American and global cultures both past and present.  

PCCS concentration offers a degree in Communication that is organized around a series of core courses that serve as prerequisites for the program.  These courses include a basic introduction to public speaking and speech communication (Speech 101) and overview of mass communication and the relationship between media and culture (Comm 220).

More about Communication

Students can expect to take courses such as the following in each area:

Public Relations and Organizational Cultures

  • COMM 260 Public Relations Principles
  • COMM 300 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 340 Professional Communication
  • COMM 360 Social Media for Public Relations
  • COMM 365 Health Communication
  • COMM 450 Principles of Organizational Communication
  • COMM 460 Public Relations Campaigns
  • COMM 477 Professional Communication Ethics

International/Intercultural Communication and Global Cultures

  • COMM 300 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 420 Critical Media Studies
  • COMM 430 International Communication
  • COMM 455 Gender and Media Studies
  • COMM 481 Gender and Globalization
  • SPEE 310 Interpersonal Communication

Public Advocacy and Democratic Cultures

  • COMM 306 Comparative American Identities
  • COMM 365 Health Communication
  • COMM 380 History of American Journalism
  • COMM 420 Critical Media Studies
  • COMM 455 Gender and Media Studies
  • SPEE 320 Public Argument and Advocacy
  • SPEE 330 Argumentation and Debate
  • SPEE 340 Theories of Persuasion
  • SPEE 430 Small Group Communication
  • SPEE 442 20th Century Public Argument 

The remaining elective hours can either be focused in one of the three areas, be distributed across focus areas, or explore areas such as media production.

Minors and PR Certificate

A minor or area of focus in Communication consists of approved upper-division courses.  PCCS also offers a minor in “Speech Communication” that is a popular choice for teaching certification through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. 

A certificate in Public Relations is also offered.

Learn more about CASL Degree Requirements.

Internship, Co-op, and Research Opportunities

  • Internships, Co-ops, and Senior Thesis

    On-the-job experience gained through an internship or co-op is invaluable for students in any major. Because of this, all Communication students are required to participate in an internship, co-op or senior theses. Many new college graduates lack the ‘soft skills’ that employers seek. Communication graduates and University of Michigan-Dearborn will have a distinct advantage. There is a seminar component to both the internship and the co-op.

    The senior thesis is for students who have prior communication industry experience and would like to relate their experience to the theory and practice of communication without having to spend time in the field.

  • Research opportunities

    COMM 397: Thesis
    Students wishing to write a PCCS thesis must develop a two-page thesis plan and secure the approval of a PCCS faculty member willing to serve as thesis adviser. 

    COMM 398: Independent Study
    Students wishing to pursue an independent study must develop a two-page study plan and secure the approval of a PCCS faculty member willing to serve as independent study adviser.

Student Organizations

Communication students may also be interested in other clubs and organizations in Language, Culture, and Communication, throughout CASL, and across campus.

  • Public Relations Student Society of America

    Please contact Professor Margaret Murray.


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