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Advertising is the practice of producing information to promote the sale of products or services. Professionals in advertising create and communicate advertising strategies, develop advertising campaigns, and promote and sell products, services and brands.

Advertising majors at Youngstown State University take courses in marketing communication, integrated marketing campaigns, media planning and buying, consumer behavior, and marketing research. 

career opportunities

Advertising professionals are involved in creating campaigns to convince consumers to purchase or use certain products. Campaigns are launched through a variety of menus including television, billboards, and social media. The advertisements are created to enhance the public’s perception and to get people excited about a product. 

All business majors are strongly encouraged to complete internships. Internships are career-related work experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge and skills in an organizational setting. In the WCBA, internships that are approved for academic credit must be paid. Completing a career-related internship increases a student's job opportunities upon graduation.   

student experiences

Advertising majors at Youngstown State University have the opportunity to build their leadership skills through various student various WCBA student organizations.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement Met through MATH 1552 (see Business Tool)
Knowledge Domains
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)
PHIL 2628Business Ethics (required for major)3
Arts and Humanities elective3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.) Met through ECON 2610 and ECON 2630 (see Business Tool)
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Business tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and CANNOT be taken credit/no-credit.
BUS 1500Exploring Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management4
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
ENGL 3742Business Writing3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
To enroll in upper level business courses student must have successfully completed ENGL 1549 or 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all business tool courses and have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
Upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3761Management Information Systems3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
ADV 3710Basic Public Relations3
ADV 3711Marketing Communications3
ADV 3712Creative Strategies in IMC3
ADV 3717Media Planning and Buying3
ADV 4855IMC Campaigns3
MKTG 3726Consumer Behavior3
MKTG 4815Marketing Research and Analytics3
Select 6 SH of upper level MKTG or ADV courses.
Select 3 SH of upper level busienss courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MKTG, MGT)
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
BUS 1500 Exploring Business 3
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GE: Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours17-19
Year 2
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
ADV 3710 Basic Public Relations 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours14
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 3742 Business Writing 3
PHIL 2628 Business Ethics 3
GE: Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
MKTG 3726 Consumer Behavior 3
MGT 3761 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
Advertising/Marketing Course Internship Recommended 3
 Semester Hours15
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
ADV 3711 Marketing Communications 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
GE: Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
ADV 4855 IMC Campaigns (spring term only) 3
MGT 4850 Strategic Management and Leadership 3
MKTG 4815 Marketing Research and Analytics 3
Upper Level Advertising/Marketing Course 3
Non-Business Courses 3
 Semester Hours15
ADV 3712 Creative Strategies in IMC (fall term only) 3
ADV 3717 Media Planning and Buying (fall term only) 3
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
Upper Level Business Course 3
Non Business Elective 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122

ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, Business Tool and upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.

To enroll in upper level Business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of marketing communication theories and concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate effective marketing communication skills.
  • Students will develop skills to recognize, analyze and solve marketing communication problems through critical thinking.
  • Students will be able to apply learned knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive integrated marketing communication campaign.