Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Major in Public Relations

Public relations is an exciting and challenging field which demands individuals with excellent communication skills and training. Most public relations classes are taught by faculty members who have professional experience in addition to their academic training. The practical applications of ethics are carefully considered. The program pays special attention to effective written and oral communication as well as developing a fundamental understanding of human communication and research methods.

Career Opportunities

Public relations employment is diverse. Communications companies, television and radio stations, theatres, sports teams, corporations and non-profit organizations, trade associations, government and educational institutions all need people with management skills in public relations and communication.


The program combines theory and practice - students learn the principles and concepts of the professional practice of publi relations and also are required to perform many of these tasks.  Students are exposed regularly to the industry through PRSSA activities, guest lectures by professionals and community service work. Internships are required and the Department of Communication's internship coordinator organizes a broad network with many interesting opportunties for students. We have a very close relationship with the Detroit chapter of PRSA, our department hosted PRSSA's 2008 international conference.

For Students

The PRSSA program has several scholarships and awards for students majoring in PR.  Additionally, the PRSSA chapter enjoys a spacious office and lounge area on the 4th floor of Manoogian Hall.  Students also have access to news writing computer labs in the same building.

Wayne's chapter of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) has been in existence for over 25 years and membership is currently thriving at 65!  Find out more at PRSSA's own site.

The public relations program at WSU engages students. The students in the program are tightly-knit and actively involved with each other, in the department and in the community. Students feel "a part of" a program when majoring in PR - a most important aspect to many of our commuter students.

Complete your major in PR at the Macomb Center!

Students majoring in public relations have the opportunity to complete the PR major at the WSU Macomb Center.

View the public relations curriculum and view the suggested plan of work for public relations majors.