Public Relations

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Dr. Paul Gullifor
Department Chair
pfg@bradley.edu

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Communication offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. The program integrates the academic study of communication with a commitment to professional education in Public Relations. Bradley Public Relations students are a part of the internationally recognized Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts.

Facilities
The state-of-the-art Caterpillar Global Communications Center offers students the use of:

  • Internet2 (ultra-high broadband network)
  • video conferencing
  • a television control room
  • a television studio
  • multimedia special projects lab
  • multimedia design computer lab
  • wireless personal computing

Curriculum
Public Relations courses are taught by caring and distinguished communication faculty who draw on experiences from diverse communication contexts.  Many faculty members have held leadership positions in major scholarly organizations and corporate advertising agencies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Through course instruction and career-related projects, students in the program gain experience in:

  • basic reporting
  • advertising
  • public relations writing
  • research techniques
  • case studies
  • campaigns
  • marketing
  • desktop publishing

Opportunities at Bradley
Students work closely with area businesses and organizations to gain insight and “hands on” experience. One of the highlights in the Public Relations program is the capstone course, Public Relations Case Studies and Campaigns COM 480. In this senior-level class, students work closely with area business and organizations to gain experience in the creative process, research, project design and implementation, evaluation design, budgeting, marketing, team project management, media buying and client relations. In conjunction with this senior project, students are eligible for the alumni-endowed Ebling PR-ize. Each semester, the winning team, is selected by a group of judges consisting of department faculty and at least one working public relations professional. Winners receive a $2,000 cash prize and a letter of recognition.

Outside of the classroom, students enjoy cocurricular and pre-professional learning experiences including:

  • The American Advertising Federation
  • Bradley Media Society
  • Bradley Scout
  • Bradley Speech Team
  • “Midstate Magazine”, a student-produced television program
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Peoria Ad Club
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Women in Business

Beyond Bradley
In recent years, graduates of Bradley’s Public Relations program have attended prestigious graduate schools and accepted positions including:

  • account executives
  • media planners
  • donor and investment relations managers
  • copywriters and editors