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Public Relations

Lauren DuBay

Where Potential is Recognized

"Coe was where I truly realized my potential. Professors did more than teach, they helped show me what was possible and what I was capable of. The lessons I've learned and the relationships I've formed at Coe have allowed me to grow and thrive in my professional career."

— Lauren DuBay '13

Lauren graduated with majors art and public relations and a minor in art history. She is a multimedia designer with the United Way of East Central Iowa. In addition to her day job, she is freelance graphic designer for a variety of organizations in the Creative Corridor.

Why Public Relations at Coe?

The public relations collateral major is intended for students who wish to develop an interdisciplinary degree preparing them for a career in public relations and related communications fields. The public relations curriculum encourages the development of skills and perspectives for learning the management of successful communication between an organization and the public. The program includes contributions from disciplines such as business administration, professional writing, graphic arts, psychology and/or a foreign language.

Public relations majors at Coe receive a broad background to prepare them for success as professional practitioners or graduate students. Classes in public relations, marketing, advertising, business, communication studies and art are required for majors, providing a multi-disciplinary approach. In addition, the Cedar Rapids area offers abundant opportunities for internships in public relations, giving students real-world experience.

At Coe, public relations majors are required to obtain a second major in another academic area. This is advantageous to those students who study public relations, as they can combine the major with other academic pursuits, such as business administration, art, communication studies, Spanish, philosophy, or virtually any other major on campus. When they graduate, Coe public relations majors all possess double majors, giving them superior credentials and preparation for future success.

Top 10 Reasons to Study Public Relations at Coe

  1. Faculty possess extensive professional experience in public relations and related fields, which provides extremely beneficial instruction for students.
  2. An interdisciplinary approach ensures students get broad exposure to public relations, marketing, advertising, business, art, communications and other important related areas of study.
  3. The greater Cedar Rapids area offers many opportunities for internships in public relations in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
  4. Students receive a solid background for professional success as well as graduate study in public relations, advertising or communication studies.
  5. Small class sizes and a personalized approach help ensure that students receive the knowledge they need for future success.
  6. Class projects reflect a real-world approach to learning about public relations, providing excellent preparation.
  7. Students are exposed to a philosophy of public relations within the context of business.
  8. Development of professional writing skills is emphasized in the public relations course work.
  9. Students learn how to apply the principles of public relations using both traditional media and social media.
  10. Students are educated for the real-world demands of public relations in the 21st century 

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