Mass Communications - Public Relations

Mass Communications - Public Relations

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As a student earning a degree in public relations, you'll find you've chosen a field of elite communicators. You'll also find your classrooms and the faculty are trained to meet the new digital demands of a communication field aimed at getting a specific message to a specific audience. Your program will encourage hands-on experience, and the department's updated facilities will give you opportunities to hone your best skills or test new ones before you hit the workforce. You'll be mentored by faculty, many who also work as professionals. Practical internships provide an additional stage for your talents.

Program Highlights

  • Program focused on four-step process used in public relations, community relations, event planning, campaign planning, crisis communication and management and new media communications.
  • Faculty recognized for academic and professional work who encourage international travel and study to acquire a global perspective, and who contribute to textbooks and conduct timely research.
  • Active student organizations with a rich tradition of excellence and awards.
  • Advanced laboratories and updated InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator software.
  • Centrally located radio, television and newspaper facilities, as well as computer and photo labs in Stewart Hall.
  • Wide variety of mass communications-related scholarships available.

Program Distinctions

  • 1 of 2 Minnesota schools with accreditation by Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
  • Diverse faculty have strong professional and academic backgrounds and have won awards from both academic and professional organizations, travelled internationally, become individually accredited by organizations such as the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), contributed to textbooks and conducted research recognized by their field.
  • Awards from the American Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, Broadcast Education Association, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Diverse career opportunities also reach into advertising, broadcast and print journalism and marketing.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 1,100+ international students
  • 1 million hours of campus, community volunteer service
  • NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey teams
  • 19 teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)
  • $4.8 million HD TV broadcasting renovation
  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Public Relations Specialist/Manager
  • Media Relations
  • Fundraiser
  • Event Planner
  • Promotions/Campaign Manager
  • Media Planning
  • Social Media Strategist

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