At A Glance

As a public relations student at Carthage, you’ll be trained in written, oral, and visual communication, with special emphases on ethics and electronic and digital media. 

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  • Public Relations

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Public relations is one of the fastest growing careers today (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021). It is a form of communication that focuses on strategically building relationships with a public audience, whether that audience is internal to your company or external to your community, country, or world.

There is a focus on writing — especially social media-based writing — and speaking. We take an in-depth look at everything from management skills to crisis communication to brand awareness. Theories are explored, and students gain hands-on experience working in real time with companies in the area.

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Financial Aid

More than 90 percent of Carthage students receive financial aid. The Communication and Digital Media Department holds an annual scholarship competition, with awards available to prospective communication, graphic design, and public relations majors. Recipients are chosen based on an interview and work samples.

Learn more about the public relations scholarship


Competitive advantage

Carthage public relations majors develop excellent interpersonal communication, group problem solving, creative thinking, and organization skills, making them more competitive in the job market, no matter what career path they pursue.