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If you’re cool under pressure, a team player, a problem-solver and a strong speaker and writer, check out a career in PR. As a public relations major, you'll learn to build and maintain good relationships, public understanding and reputation for various types of organizations. The public relations professional applies an integrated and creative approach to promote products and services by mastering PR strategies, tactics, emerging technologies and social media.

Manage a brand's reputation.

As a public relations major, you'll help organizations accurately communicate their images to customers, employees, investors and the media. You'll learn how to positively influence business practices of clients and corporations.

Make the right connections.

Gain an early advantage by participating in the Public Relations Student Society of America, in which Marquette's public relations majors connect with PR pros and learn about specialization opportunities in business, an agency setting, the nonprofit industry, health care, sports and entertainment.

Learn from the pros.

Experienced professors together with industry professionals deliver a rigorous curriculum that is both conceptual and applied.

Intern — it's required.

Required internships in and around Milwaukee give Marquette's public relations majors experiential learning opportunities that often lead to a full-time job after graduation. They also let students specialize in chosen areas and help develop professional networks.

Make a difference.

Work behind the scenes to help organizations or clients build and maintain ethical leadership. Be a key driver in solving social issues. Be part of crisis mitigation and advance worthwhile causes to improve quality of life and society as a whole.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • Public Relations Principles
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Media in Society
  • Rhetoric and Composition I
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Foreign Language or Diverse Cultures
  • Major/Minor Elective

Sophomore

  • Media Writing
  • Introduction to Communication Research Methods
  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Modern Elementary Statistics
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Principles of Microeconomics

Junior

  • Internship in Public Relations
  • Strategic Research for Advertising and Public Relations
  • Marketing Communications Design and Production
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Communication Studies Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Literature and Performing Arts Elective

Senior

  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Ethical Problems of Mass Communication
  • Public Relations Elective
  • Media Law
  • Minor/Elective Courses
  • Theology Elective

Public relations

You might like the public relations major if you:

✓ Are imaginative and creative

✓ Are an excellent communicator

What can you do with a major in public relations?

Public relations Marquette's public relations graduates typically work for PR agencies or PR departments of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, hospitals and universities.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in public relations.

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