Communication: Public Relations
Communication, BA, Concentration: Public Relations
Public Relations includes event planning, crisis communication, lobbying, grant writing, problem solving, photography, and writing press releases and corporate literature.
This program provides practical training for roles in media relations and content strategy or as a brand ambassador, communication specialist or social media specialist.
Each fall, our Problems in PR students run a consulting firm that serves a real-world client and conducts a communication audit.
The resulting book is just one of the many practical projects you can add to your professional portfolio.
This program combines practical communication theories with experiential learning to prepare you for an immediate career in Public Relations.
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to build a professional portfolio. Coursework includes volunteer PR work for a local not-for-profit and performing a communication audit for a client in the area.
Gear up with foundational courses in speech, reporting, photography and PR.
- COM 11400 – Fundamentals of Speech
- COM 25300 – Intro to Public Relations
- COM 25500 – Into to News Reporting and Writing
- AD 22200 – Intro to Photography
Explore broadcasting and media theories, hone your reporting techniques and learn to use social media in professional PR contexts.
- COM 24200 – Broadcast News
- COM 30600 – Advanced News Reporting and Writing
- COM 33000 – Media Theories
- COM 39000 – Public Relations and Social Media
Investigate advanced communications topics like persuasion, interviewing techniques and ethics. You may also complete an internship this year.
- COM 31800 – Principles of Persuasion
- COM 32500 – Interviewing: Principles and Practice
- COM 40300 – Communication Ethics
Your fourth year is a deep dive into practical applications of PR principles. Work with actual clients to solve their problems while building your own portfolio. We encourage you to complete an internship as well.
- COM 35300 – Problems in Public Relations
- COM 46000 – Advanced Public Relations
This program features a unique opportunity to audit real clients’ communication strategies and gain invaluable experience employers seek.
Previous clients include BP, Nipsco, City of Portage, Indiana South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, Griffith Police Department and many more.
Our experiential learning courses give you the tools you need to be successful in any future career. Upon completion of this program, you’ll have the tools and confidence to complete a professional portfolio filled with your own work. It’s an indispensable tool as you network with fellow professionals and go after your dream job.
The Stephen Hough Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Communication major with a concentration in public relations.
Beyond the Classroom
Opportunities abound to get involved with clubs, organizations and activities both on and off campus, including:
- PR Club
- PR Alumni Advisory Board
- Lambda Pi Eta
This program prepares you for a range of careers, including:
- Crisis communication specialist
- Speech writer
- Social media manager
Our alumni are employed at advertising/marketing firms, corporations and organizations like:
- Boy Scouts of America
- Lamar Advertising
- Service Employees International Union
I have had the opportunity to actually build a portfolio that I’m able to take to employers. I have been able to network with alumni and professors who have really helped me along the way. I feel that I am leaving with such great experience. I’m ready to go out into the real world and get a job.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor of Communication
Thomas J. Roach teaches rhetorical theory and all courses in the PR concentration including journalism, interviewing and photography. He currently serves as department chair and leads a study abroad program in Paris.
Deanna Francoeur-Schmidt is currently a continuing lecturer. Besides teaching, she sits on the CCA’s assessment and marketing committees. She is a member of the grade appeal committee and the advisor for the PR club.