Public Relations | Communication Studies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

students in career attire

Public Relations

Do you have a knack for writing, research, planning, and management?

We’ll help you prepare for a career in public relations.

  • Learn how to build mutually beneficial relationships between clients and their significant publics
  • Get involved with Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Obtain professional experience through internships

The specialization of public relations has been designed with the assistance of the Public Relations Society of America. It emphasizes strong writing, speaking, research, planning, and management skills by making you familiar with the wide range of disciplines required in the public relations field. In addition to courses in the Department of Communication Studies, courses in other departments such as marketing, journalism, psychology, management, and political science, will allow you to prepare for specific career objectives. You can obtain public relations experience while you are a student at SIUC through practicum or internship opportunities arranged with administrative offices at SIUC, with area businesses, or through student organizations such as the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the student PR agency, Pyramid Public Relations.


Public Relations Specialization Requirements, 33 credit hours
Required: 280, 281, 326, 381, 382, 481, Journalism 310 and
335, Journalism 311 or 302, three hours of Communication Studies
390H or 494H, three hours from Journalism, Radio-Television or Communication Studies 301I (or 341), 390H,482, 490H, 493, and 494H.

Minor or cognate study in related areas: Fifteen hours in a single department or related field of study beyond the University Core Curriculum and required courses. A cognate study will only be allowed if another unit on campus does not offer a minor and the student wishes to focus in that area. Cognate study must be approved by a member of the Public Relations Faculty.
Electives, 10-26 credit hours (Electives for majors specializing in Public Relations include 15 hours of coursework in a minor or cognate study in a related area.)
Total, 120 credit hours

Communication Studies Major Requirements
University Core Curriculum Requirements, 41 credit hours
College of Liberal Arts Academic Requirements, 6-11 credit hours (Includes: one year of foreign language and two writing intensive courses).

Requirements for Major in Communication Studies, 42-43 credit hours
Required Core Courses, 9 credit hours
Communication theory: 230
Communication skills: 3 hours of public communication selected from 221, 325, 326 or 370; and 3 hours of interpersonal communication selected from 261, 262, 371 or 383. Required Curriculum Specialization, 33-36 credit hours (see above)

Communication Studies Minor Requirements
A minor in communication studies consists of a minimum of fifteen hours (in addition to Communication Studies 101), which must include nine hours at the 300-or 400-level.

*From 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog