What You’ll Learn as an Organizational Communication and Public Relations Major
The field of communication is growing quickly, and there are many opportunities if you have the right education. After all, understanding how people communicate is a skill with unlimited applications in the working world.
Study theory and research in small classes taught by award-winning faculty, and then put that knowledge into practice through internships, group projects, and ventures with outside clients. Courses in training development, health communication, public relations, communication ethics, and crisis communication are just a few of the options.
Faculty provide a balance of classroom knowledge of communication theory and approaches — including research and ethics — as well as opportunities to put that knowledge into practice during internships,
group projects, and ventures with outside clients. This major places specific focus on communication within organizations, between organizations, and between the organization and its outside audiences.
The department’s vision is to be a dynamic, innovative, and inclusive collegiate learning environment, engaging diverse students and communities in the creation and practice of effective communication — to foster pioneers who want to change the world for the better. This degree gives Pioneers an edge in finding their first job and finding success in graduate school. Our students are ready to blaze trails in the professional world and are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which they live.
- Outcomes — Internships
- The United Way
- The American Cancer Society
- Marietta Memorial Hospital
- Selby General Hospital
- Boys & Girls Club
- Canton (Ohio) Office of the Mayor
- Walt Disney World
- Outcomes — Graduate Programs
- University of Florida — Web Design & Online Communication
- Emerson College — Integrated Marketing Communication
- West Virginia University Law School
- Xavier University — MBA Sports Administration
- The Ohio State University — Communication
- Outcomes — Professions
- Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Lakeside Chautauqua
- Harvest of Hope
- Alliance Industries
- Macy’s Inc.
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals
- 4-Star Restaurant Group
- Honor Societies and Student Organizations
Fifth Street Consulting is a student-led, faculty-advised consulting firm specializing in communication and media consulting.
American Advertising Federation (AAF) offers programs that guide students through advertising curriculum and job placement.
National Broadcasting Society (NBS) is a student and professional society with more than 85 chapters on college and university campuses.
Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honor society for electronic media students, Alpha Delta Sigma is the national honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, and Lambda Pi Eta is the official Communication Studies honor society of the National Communication Association.
- Will I be required to complete an internship to graduate?
Yes. Our faculty have professional connections around the globe — many are Marietta College graduates — and they will assist you with internship opportunities. Of course, you are also encouraged to seek out your own internship in the U.S. or abroad.
- Are there specific scholarships for Organizational Communication & Public Relations majors?
Marietta College offers a variety of scholarships — some are general and some are connected to certain majors or programs.
- Can I study abroad as an Organizational Communication & Public Relations major?
Yes! We encourage our students to have a well-rounded undergraduate education experience, including study abroad. There are also domestic opportunities like an Alternative Spring Break or job shadows.