Public Relations

Mount Mercy University’s public relations program is one of few in eastern Iowa providing students with an education in the core values, principles and guidelines of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Best practices and a professional, ethical approach to public relations define our PR program. Aligned with PRSA national standards, students learn the important guidelines set by the nation’s largest community of public relations and communications professionals. Our dedicated faculty have experience working in the field they teach and guide students to practice ethical and technical integrity while cultivating communication skills important to any career path.

On the way to earning your bachelor of arts in public relations, core classes introduce students to modern communication concepts, providing vital foundations for work in three areas of study: public relations, communication, and journalism

Field experience sets you apart. Students have interned with a variety of organizations, including the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team, St. Luke’s Hospital, American Cancer Society and the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The University’s student-run newspaper Mount Mercy Times; our annual art and literature magazine Paha Review; and our award-winning Enactus club give students on-campus opportunities to gain experience while studying.

Compliment a public relations major or minor with another professional field — such as graphic design, marketing or environmental justice — making your degree even more desirable to potential employers. 

Writing scholarships are available to any student with a passion for the arts.

What can I do with a bachelor’s in public relations?

Graduates from our public relations program have found jobs nationally and locally at companies like Kendall Hunt Publishing, U.S. Cellular, and Four Oaks.

Students follow a variety of paths, including:

  • Media relations
  • Employee relations
  • Corporate communications
  • Event planning
  • Fundraising
  • Sports team management
  • College admissions
  • Marketing

Those are just a few examples. Our alumni say Mount Mercy is the top school for public relations in Iowa:

"Because Mount Mercy is so well connected in the community, you will have many opportunities for great internship experiences and other community activities. Mount Mercy not only equips you with the practical knowledge in public relations but also with general life skills you will find useful after you leave campus and the hands-on experience in the field that will give you confidence when you move into your first job after graduation."

Lindsay Dick '08, Director of Sales, Collabrance, LLC (GreatAmerica Financial Services)

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