Our graduates deliver South Carolina's message. They speak for government agencies, politicians, powerful businesses and this university. They host great fundraisers, manage social media and give a voice to countless charities. They're also in Washington, D.C., and at New York's big firms, setting the national standard.
The path to Twitter
Nya Simone paved a path for herself during her undergraduate years at the SJMC and continues to do so. Now she's landed one of her biggest roles yet -- customer success specialist for Twitter.
A woman's place is in politics
Lauren Harper is a political and public affairs strategist. She is also the co-founder and senior advisor for an organization that seeks to make voter registration easier and more accessible for young people.
Fulfilling a childhood dream
As a child, Meg O’Malley worked in a chocolate shop. Now, this 2016 public relations graduate is using her marketing and social media skills to promote her own sweet business.
Classes and Capstone Experience
You'll learn how to create a campaign, write a press release, manage an event and engage the public in your cause. As a senior, you'll spend a semester building a public relations campaign for a real client. That means you'll graduate with actual experience, putting you ahead of the pack. If you join our Bateman Team, you'll help develop campaigns on a national level for this prestigious competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America.
You also can choose dozens of other classes to tailor your education to your personal career goal. Learn more about the classes you will take as a public relations student in the university's academic bulletin.
The class assignment that morphed into legislation
PR student’s speech inspires new law on mental health education.
The Bateman Team
Our Bateman teams are always top contenders in national competitions
The Carolina Agency
The Carolina Agency is our student-run agency, which offers real work for real clients.
Want to work in politics? Manage the message for a company in crisis? Organize a charity fundraiser? We have an extensive network of people who want to hire you for internships. Whatever your passion, we can help you find the right place. You'll also get class credit while gaining invaluable experience and building your portfolio. And these are just some of the many opportunities for our students.
The public relations major not only prepares you for the industry but is also a strong foundation for graduate study. You can further your understanding of communication strategies and how they’re applied by different types of organizations by starting graduate coursework through the Accelerated Master of Mass Communication program. By choosing a specialization in either strategic communications management or multimedia journalism, you can complete two degrees in as little as five years.
You’ll study with engaging teachers and public relations veterans whose students develop campaigns for real clients and produce the college’s alumni magazine and with experts in how social issues are presented in the media and why that matters. Meet the public relations faculty»