Public Relations

School of Communication & The Arts

The Public Relations concentration of the Communication major is geared toward our students who are interested in careers in Public Relations and related fields, resulting in career paths from Social Media Specialists to Corporate Communication Directors. Our program combines essential learnings that introduce and hone skills in courses like Campaign Management, Public Relations Writing Tools, Advanced Strategic Storytelling, Research & Analytics, among others. By studying both the principles and practice of the industry, you’ll have a competitive edge when you enter the field after graduation.

Throughout my time at Marist, I’ve been able to take classes directly related to my future career and have internships that have really helped me grow as a public relations professional.
I chose Marist for various reasons; the first being its prestigious Communications program. I heard many great things about the program, the numerous options for electives, and the internship opportunities.
The semester I spent interning in New York City in particular got me excited for what lies ahead professionally. All of my experiences at Marist have made me feel really prepared for a career in the administrative side of theatre.
Since I’m from NYC, I wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t too far, and Marist is the perfect distance. I really loved the academics and opportunities Marist had to offer, and when I came to visit I instantly fell in love with the campus.

Practice Public Relations In the Classroom

The Public Relations curriculum prepares you for careers in a variety of fields related to corporate, nonprofit, public affairs, and social media. The courses offer hands-on experience as you learn about theory, research, and practice. Upon completion of the coursework, you'll will have a deeper understanding of media relations, social media, ethics, crisis communication, and campaign strategy. Unique to Marist’s Public Relations curriculum is our continued work with local businesses who often serve as real clients in courses. You'll be able to work directly with these clients to build materials specific to their needs.

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Practice Public Relations In the Classroom

The Public Relations curriculum prepares you for careers in a variety of fields related to corporate, nonprofit, public affairs, and social media. The courses offer hands-on experience as you learn about theory, research, and practice. Upon completion of the coursework, you'll will have a deeper understanding of media relations, social media, ethics, crisis communication, and campaign strategy. Unique to Marist’s Public Relations curriculum is our continued work with local businesses who often serve as real clients in courses. You'll be able to work directly with these clients to build materials specific to their needs.

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Build The Skills Necessary To Succeed

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Public Presentation

Develop skill and confidence in public presentation environments, from running meetings to presenting at national student competitions.

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Real-World Experience

You will have the opportunity to work with real clients in a variety of courses but also through internship opportunities and student-run agency work. There are a number of ways to get involved in public relations outside of the classroom.

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Strategic Thinking

You will apply steps to analyze, research, execute and evaluate public relations campaigns using valuable insight and creative thinking.

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Campaign Management

You will apply elements of research and client relations to successfully see campaigns through from concept to creation.

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Data Research & Application

You will apply a variety of research methods to find insight into identifying issues and engaging in problem solving, to preventing and managing crises, to making organizations responsive and responsible to their publics, among others.

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Writing for the Media

You will research all aspects of the media landscape and understand the value of media relations. You will create press materials such as press releases, pitches, media alerts and more.

At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.

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Of current students are satisfied with their Marist Experience

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Graduation rate, higher than the average for public and private colleges

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Employed or attending grad school 6 months after graduation

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