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Our public relations program combines rigorous academics with hands-on learning. Sure, you’ll study all the theories and concepts. But you’ll also put them to the test in the real world. You’ll hone skills that are important for success – like leadership, teamwork and networking. You’ll meet PR professionals in many different fields who will share their stories and open doors for you.
When you first arrive on campus, we’ll assign you a faculty mentor who will work with you until you graduate. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow public relations majors. Your dedicated professors will get to know you. They will guide you in your coursework, hands-on learning, internships and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.
Our small setting equals big opportunity. From writing stories for the online campus paper to studying abroad, from assisting a professor with research to attending a national PRSSA conference, you’ll discover countless opportunities to expand your horizons and build your résumé.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to guide businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and more with effective communication strategies. Within a short time, you’ll be a rising star in the world of public relations!
The students in our chapter of the Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) consistently win national awards. That’s no small feat considering we are competing against more than 11,000 public relations students nationwide. PRSSA offers many opportunities to learn about the profession, compete in national competitions while socializing and networking with peers and professionals. At ONU, we even pair each PRSSA member with a mentor – an ONU alumnus – who offers career advice, job tips and more. Our PRSSA chapter also runs True North – a nationally accredited student-run public relations firm that adheres to the seven standards for excellence in practice established by PRSSA.
As a PR major, you’ll need to complete at least one internship. But most students complete more than one to gain experience and build their résumés. We’ll help you land strategic internships geared toward your future. An ONU professor will even visit you and your internship supervisor on-site. Our PR students intern locally, nationally and internationally. Recent students have completed internships at Ketchum Public Relations, Ohio State Fair and Expo Center, Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, Warner Brothers Inc., Nationwide Insurance, Cedar Point and more.
KEVIN SAGHY BA WITH A MAJOR IN PUBLIC RELATIONS ’10
Many of the skills I developed at Ohio Northern – hard work, attention to detail, networking and pursuing aggressive career goals – have endured throughout my career, which resulted in promotions and, ultimately, a dream job at the Chicago Cubs. I am fortunate to work in a profession that touches nearly every part of the business. It’s rewarding to see your work directly and positively impact the organization’s reputation and bottom line. The day-to-day of my job always changes, and there are some remarkable opportunities to help people along the way.
Not many people land their dream job so early in their career, but Kevin Saghy is one of them. Kevin is the manager of communications for the Chicago Cubs. He promotes the team’s marketing and ticketing efforts, community involvement, and off-the-field endeavors. At ONU, he became actively involved in PRSSA, garnering the coveted role of national president of the 11,000-member student organization. He also interned in ONU’s sports information office, at a PR agency and a health care facility.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- One of under 50 bachelor degree programs in the U.S. to be certified for education in public relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America.
- Over the past five years, 100 percent of our public relations majors were employed in full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
You’ll need 47 credit hours to earn a degree in public relations. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will make you more attractive to a potential employer.
Here are some courses you’ll take as a public relations major:
- Public Relations Writing and Advanced Writing
- Principles of Social Media
- Public Relations Case Studies
- Communication Law and Ethics
- Communication Research
- Senior Capstone
- Public Relations Internship
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Account executive
- Public information officer
- Media planner
- Special events coordinator
- Investor relations
- Marketing coordinator
- Media relations
- Production coordinator
- Marketing communications
- Art director
- Marketing manager
- Government affairs
- Strategic planner
- Social media specialist
Check out where some of our recent public relations graduates have ended up: senior vice president and director of government relations at Huntington Bancshares Inc. in Columbus, Ohio; senior account executive at Fahlgren Mortine in Columbus, Ohio; vice president of PPR Worldwide in New York City; vice president of operations at Give Kids the World in Orlando, Fla.; and partner and senior director of accounts at Dynamit in Columbus, Ohio.
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