Simpson’s public relations program helps students learn tools and techniques to tell compelling stories and engage audiences. It is more than marketing and selling products; it’s telling an organization’s stories. It’s about building relationships and managing an organization’s reputation through ongoing, interactive communication.
Public relations is where strategy and creativity meet in video, audio, print, digital and social media - and measurable objectives prove communication strategies are working.
Required Major Courses (44 credits)
COMM 101: Introduction to Communication & Media Studies 4cr.
COMM 211: Beginning News-writing & Reporting 4cr.
COMM 223: Principles of Public Relations 4cr.
COMM 301: Mass Media Law & Ethics 4cr.
COMM 311: Editing & Design 4cr.
COMM 348: Writing for Public Relations 4cr.
COMM 356: Public Relations Research 4cr.
COMM 319: Internship 4cr.
Choose One: Production Course 4cr.
- COMM 221: Video Production - Students will learn to write and report news stories using video technology. Students will learn the components of a traditional television newscast and the skills to produce, write and report for such newscast. In addition students will study and put into practice basic videography and non-linear editing skills. (ORALCOM)
- COMM 271: Audio Production - An introduction to audio programs that enhance multimedia projects. Students will learn basic functions plus the computer programs that will help them in their learning. Students will learn how to interview, cut commercials, make promos and other experiences in working with sound. Prerequisite: Comm 211.
- COMM 315: Multimedia Journalism - Experiential, laboratory-type course designed to teach students the basic skills required to produce multimedia journalism packages in a professional setting. Students will work individually and in teams to produce audiovisual content for online display, using a variety of technologies and storytelling techniques to investigate and present subject matter of their choosing. Techniques to be covered include slideshows, podcasts, Web videos, short-form writing and interactive graphics. Prerequisite: COMM 211.
At least 2 semesters of the following courses (each 2 credits) 4cr.
- COMM 155: Professional Skills Practicum - Experience working in coverged-media environments via assignments for the Simpson College student newspaper, online news service, yearbook, radio, television and integrated marketing communication agencies. Students must ordinarily complete two semesters of entry-level work before being considered for management positions in student media. Students must complete two semesters of this entry-level practicum before being eligible to complete an internship. Prerequisite: COMM-211 or COMM-222. Offered Fall and Spring. OR
- COMM 156: Public Relations Practicum - Experience working in a public relations-based environment through the connection with the Central Iowa PRSA chapter. Working on PR-related projects, hosting professional speakers, and contributing to the general operation of Simpson's PRSSA chapter. Offered Fall/Spring.
COMM 365: Public Relations Seminar 4cr.
I have already been able to utilize so many different aspects of my PR degree.
Communication is such an important part of what I do – and quite honestly that can be said about most careers out there.
No matter if I am being interviewed about my business, marketing my business or communicating with a client – communications and ethics are two vital components.
Courtney Conlin, current PR Major