Journalism and Public Relations
Degree programs in journalism and public relations equip students with the education necessary to excel in some of the most interesting and emergent career fields in our fast-moving media age.
The Department of Journalism and Public Relations prepares students for careers in the mass media and related industries. Department faculty not only possess a broad range of academic credentials, but more than 50 years of combined professional experience in positions ranging from newspaper and television reporters and radio station executives to digital video producers and public relations managers. The department also maintains a variety of digital production studios and media labs, as well as a television studio, weekly campus newspaper, and 3,000-watt non-commercial radio station.
Our curriculum reflects a strong commitment to the fundamentals and foundations of journalism while also ensuring that students are prepared to produce content through multiple platforms. And learning doesn’t end at the classroom door. Students are encouraged to become involved in a variety of professionally-based co-curricular activities, including our campus media organizations (ETV, the Spectator, and WFSE-FM) and award-winning chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The department also hosts the annual Northwest Pennsylvania High School Journalism Day and Competition.
Journalism and public relations are constantly changing fields of study, providing a variety of exciting career opportunities. While major technological and economic changes have posed challenges to news organizations, they have also created new job opportunities for recent college graduates that would not have been imaginable even a few years ago. At the same time, public relations positions have grown by more than 10 percent over the last decade and are rated as the number one “best creative job” and among the top 100 of best jobs overall by U.S. News and World Report. As a graduate of our program, you will not only be prepared to work in journalism and public relations, but will have a skill set that includes the ability to synthesize complex information and to communicate about it clearly and succinctly. That is relevant to virtually any career situation – and is a central tenet of a liberal arts education.
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The Office of Records and Registration maintains curriculum requirement forms for all undergraduate majors and degree programs offered by Edinboro University. The programs listed here include corresponding links to a printable form. Changes to curriculum requirements and semester sequences are not uncommon. These links are the curriculum requirements and semester sequence sheets for your major.