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Public Relations

Looking for PR Classes? The PR Program's course prefix has changed from JRNL to PURL. Many public relations courses have prerequisites, please contact your adviser for assistance with course selections.

Public relations is about working with and building relationships with people. What does that involve? EMU's Public Relations program and the Public Relations Society of America define public relations as a management function that requires two-way communication and a conscious, deliberate effort to develop and maintain healthy relationships with an organization and its numerous publics. Large and small organizations have public relations functions today, including automotive, manufacturing, health care, nonprofit, government, education, sports, entertainment and many others.


The Public Relations Student Society of America is a professional student organization that introduces students in public relations, journalism, marketing, communications, English and related fields to the professional world by interacting with professionals and other students. More importantly, PRSSA provides an opportunity for budding professionals to network with members of our parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The local PRSA-Detroit chapter is the 4th largest nationwide. If you are interested in finding out more about PRSSA, email the PRSSA secretary at stu_prssa@emich.edu. 

EMU PRSSA Executive Board

Department News

Daizchane Baker, a senior in the public relations program, will present her research "Online Sex Slaves: The Internet’s Powerful Role in Sex Trafficking" at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Research Conference this April in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Gabrielle Burgess-Smith receives the 2015 PRSA Detroit Donald P. Durocher Memorial Scholarship