Preparation for Transfer as a Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Major or as a Public Relations and Strategic Communication Major
The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as a Corporate Communication and Public Affairs or as a Public Relations and Strategic Communication major. For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed. If you are transferring from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution.
UC listings refer to SMU’s University Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the University Curriculum Transfer Guide for a list of courses satisfying UC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.
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B.A. in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs / B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communication
*The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English.
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Welcome to the Meadows School of the Arts! We’re excited you’re interested in transferring to SMU and majoring in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs , or in Public Relations and Strategic Communication . Established in 1969, the Meadows School is a nationally recognized arts education institution offering degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts entrepreneurship and arts management, corporate communication and public affairs, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music, and theatre.
Meadows graduates are found in top performing, visual and communication arts positions around the globe, including managers and executives at The White House and Burson-Marsteller; reporters, executives and communicators at major television networks, Town & Country, Los Angeles Clippers, and Condé Nast; chair, National Endowment for the Arts; dance and theatre company founders and Oscar and Tony award winners; singers for the Met; musicians for major metropolitan symphonies; directors and curators of museums and galleries; artists whose work is shown in the U.S. and abroad; and more.
The Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
The Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA) prepares majors to be leaders in business, government and civil society, providing internship, consulting and applied research opportunities with world-class corporate, nonprofit and political organizations in Dallas, Washington, D.C., London and points beyond. We prepare majors for the leadership path to chief communication officer, executive director, founder, entrepreneur and more.
The Meadows Advantage
Reputation, Connections, Dallas Location, Top-Five Media Market, Home to 20+ Fortune 500 Companies
Members of the CCPA faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars with extensive academic and professional experience. They are published authors and remain active in their respective fields. CCPA students also benefit from the expertise of an advisory board of executives from the nation’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations and political institutions, and will graduate with a portfolio of materials designed for actual clients.
CCPA graduates are working and learning across the nation and the globe with:
- Porter Novelli
- Weber Shandwick
- Paramount Studios
- Dallas Cowboys
- Boston Ballet
- The White House
- The Hague
- Southwest Airlines
- American Heart Association
- George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Internships and Experiential Learning
CCPA is proud of the hands-on learning opportunities that allow students to apply and hone their communication skills. Internships in local and national corporations, nonprofit organizations and government institutions are a significant part of the curriculum. Internships in London are also available. Experiential opportunities include:
- Hilltop on the Hill, a directed study of political communication held in Washington, D.C.
- Student-run Mustang Consulting Agency
- Competitive debate and speech
- Public Relations Student Society of America
- SMU-in-London, study abroad and internships
Two B.A.s are offered:
The B.A. in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs offers three tracks:
- Organizational Communication for majors interested in leading the effective operation and internal workings of organizations, including leadership, change management, teamwork, power/ gender issues, human and social capital, and organizational behavior.
- Poltical Communication for majors interested in leading public policy initiatives for organizations, lobbying firms, think tanks, government agencies, NGOs, elected office, or political campaigns, including analysis, issues management, advocacy and public opinion monitoring.
- Social Innovation and Nonprofit Engagement for majors interested in leading or founding nonprofit or hybrid corporations that combine social welfare, branding, donor/volunteer relations, fundraising/ philanthropy and strategic communication in a variety of mission contexts.
The B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communication is for majors interested in leading external corporate and public affairs initiatives with a variety of stakeholders, including investors, customers, communities, activists, and media, with an emphasis on engagement, business objectives and crisis response.
Things to Remember
- Admission to the majors is rigorous and based on core requirement performance.
- CCPA courses satisfying major requirements must be taken at SMU.
- Students seeking to double major or minor in another communication-related field may need to complete more than the minimum 122 total hours required for SMU graduation.
- Students must earn a grade of C or better for coursework toward their major or minor CCPA degree requirements.
Admission Requirements for B.A. in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
Major Entry Requirements: 3.0 GPA in the following classes:
Admission Requirements for B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communication
Major Entry Requirements: 3.0 GPA in the following classes:
Minoring in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
Undergraduate students planning to acheive a Minor in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs must meet minimum GPA requirements, and meet the specific requirements for their area of study outlined above.
Preparing for a Smooth Transition
Transfer students who take time to prepare for their transition to Meadows are some of the most successful students. Following are a few important points to remember:
- The second language requirement of the University Curriculum may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
- SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
- Compare Course Descriptions found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize your awarded transfer credits.
- For additional information on corporate communication majors, visit the department homepage.
- For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.
A degree from SMU is typically comprised of a minimum of 122 hours, 60 of which must be completed through SMU.
- Courses in your major.
- Courses required for the University Curriculum (UC) .
- Elective courses. These electives may be used to add a second major or minor.
The University Curriculum (UC)
The University Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components:
- Foundations - 6 hours of Discernment and Discourse courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Foundation courses, 2 hours of Personal Responsibility and Wellness courses, proficiency in a second language and 3 hours of a Ways of Knowing course (offered only at SMU)
- Breadth and Depth - 7 Breadth and 3 Depth courses which may double count with majors and minors
- Proficiencies and Experiences - 6 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through Breadth and Depth coursework or approved, noncredit activities.
Click here for more information about transferring to SMU.