The Public Relations major at Loras prepares students to work in a variety of professional fields including entertainment, politics, event planning, sports promotion, and community relations. Students learn the necessary skills to complete amazing internships, conduct relevant research, understand audiences, and secure future employment. Additionally, students have access to a digital learning lab with creative computer software programs to prepare them for the ever-changing technological expectations of the industry.
Overwhelmingly, Public Relations majors assume student leadership roles on campus for organizations such as Dance Marathon, college activities board, student government, mediation, and mock trial. Public Relations students also participate in field-related campus organizations such as The Lorian newspaper and LCTV and KLCR radio.
Public Relations students have also completed competitively-awarded internships with the following organizations:
Edelman – Chicago
MTV – New York
University of Illinois School of Medicine
The Chicago Bulls
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
CBS Sports Network
American Red Cross
Chicago Children’s Museum
“Being a Public Relations major at Loras has greatly impacted my life both personally and professionally. As an intern at CBS Sports Network this past summer, my Loras education allowed me to make a positive impression with the company, so much so that I have been asked to return this upcoming summer. The benefits from the classroom are comparable to the benefits I learned about life after college. Whether it be practical, such as help for my resume, or less tangible such as communicating in the business world, I have had experiences at Loras that will positively influence my life for years to come.” Sean Brennan
“Majoring in Public Relations at Loras has driven me to places I never thought I could reach. From leadership roles on campus to full-time internships over the summer – Loras PR is the real deal. This past summer I was able to attain a Public Affairs internship with DuPont Pioneer, one of the largest biotech companies in the United States. Without the experiences I had both in the classroom and on campus, along with the help of my professors, I would have never had outstanding success in my young career.” Easton Kuboushek
Student Learning Outcomes – Public Relations
Deliver oral presentations that communicate ideas and information in order to influence diverse audiences.
Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary for formal academic writing.
Construct written artifacts appropriate to, and essential for the Public Relations profession.
Apply the principles, practices, and strategic skills of Public Relations that affect organizations, stakeholders, media, and various publics.
Perform roles and functions associated with effective group communication.
“What can you do with a Public Relations degree?”
As a Public Relations major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.
Social media manager
Media relations director
Health care liaison
Crisis communication strategist
Community outreach coordinator