Discover what makes a message effective and how to construct purposeful communications with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
An excellent path for those interested in planning publicity strategies and campaigns, the public relations major focuses on how to create a variety of communications, including press releases, social media, website messages, speeches and media pitches.
Rooted in experiential learning, our distinguished program will give you countless opportunities to build your resume and skillset. Secure a marketing or communications internship, work with local businesses on messaging or conduct your own research study. Through a robust, rigorous curriculum, you will learn how to craft a crisis communication plan, analyze social media trends and successfully manage relationships with clients.
With a growing need for skilled communicators, now is the perfect time to begin your degree in public relations.
Public relations majors are eligible for a variety of scholarships offered through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. For example, the Greg & Catherine Leaf Public Relations Scholarship awards $500 to a communications student who demonstrates high academic standing and participation in the field of public relations.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
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To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your public relations degree.
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Integrated strategic communication - public relations program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major requires a minor.
- Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
- Communication and Journalism Organization (CJO)
- International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
- Kappa Tau Alpha
Accreditation informationAll communication and journalism degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Curriculum that connects you to the real world. Opportunities to evaluate case studies, present projects and work collaboratively at every course level will help develop your communication, interpersonal, leadership and problem-solving skills. Course topics are relevant to real-time, real-world happenings and always include the most up-to-date software and platforms.
Relevant student organizations. Many of our public relations students are active in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a national student organization known for providing valuable learning and networking opportunities. Members get exclusive access to behind-the-scenes agency tours and unique internship and job opportunities.
Supportive faculty and individualized learning. All classes are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors who know and love their craft. Through creative projects and guest presentations, they go out of their way to immerse you into the diverse world of public relations. Small class sizes help you form meaningful relationships and gain an even more personalized education.
Collaborative research opportunities. Through our student-faculty collaborative research program, you will have opportunities to participate in fascinating research projects, like how audiences consume and share online content and how audiences respond to public health campaigns. In addition to bolstering your resume and portfolio, these projects help you foster relationships with mentors, the community and even potential employers.
Skill-building internships. With so many career paths available to those with a public relations degree, communication students are highly encouraged to pursue one or more internships. Because of the program's strong reputation, many students have no problem finding an internship. Previous students have interned at Visit Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System and Eau Claire Jazz.
UW-Eau Claire will prepare you well for a career in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of public relations. Graduates find themselves ready for many different career paths and opportunities.
Where are public relations alumni now?
- Events marketing coordinator, Mall of America, Minnesota
- Social media intern, TallGrass Public Relations, South Dakota
- Marketing specialist, UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Marketing communications admin, Ecolab, Minnesota
- Digital strategist, Uproer Marketing, Minnesota
Public relations careers
- Communications specialist
- Content manager
- Public relations specialist
- Social media manager
- Media director
- Public affairs specialist
I was so confident in my decision to choose Eau Claire that it was the only school I applied to — and the past four years at UWEC have been the best years of my life. I have found the right field for me and hope to be able to combine my love of design and communication into my dream job.
UW-Eau Claire’s integrated strategic communication - public relations program requires a minor or approved certificate as a secondary area of study. Pair this degree with popular choices such as multimedia communication, marketing, English, sociology or political science to obtain an even more well-rounded education and career opportunities.
Classes for integrated strategic communication - public relations majors may include:
- Multimedia Communication
- Social Media and Communication
- Strategic Media Planning
- Crisis Communication
- Writing for Integrated Strategic Communication
- Visual Communication Design
- Media Law and Ethics
- Fundamentals of Human Communication
Learn more about the integrated strategic communications - public relations major in the UWEC course catalog.
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