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BU4URewarding career opportunities are offered in public relations and Belmont University offers one of the best programs anywhere. Since the establishment of the public relations major at Belmont in 2004, our public relations graduates are in demand throughout the region, from coast to coast and around the world.

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the field employs 350,000 nationwide and predicts a 39.8 percent increase in employment through 2014 for public relations specialists. In May 2006 Money magazine ranked public relations as 20th on its list of 50 “best jobs” for employment opportunity and potential salary.

If you have strong communication skills then you should consider pursuing a career in public relations. You will engage in writing, listening, planning, communicating, evaluating, and advising. You will help organizations manage relationships with important target publics. 

Whether you want to work for a prestigious public relations firm, manage public relations for a corporation or nonprofit organization, or work as a self-employed public relations practitioner, you truly can go “from here to anywhere” with this degree. Public relations courses will emphasize writing, speaking, and business skills.

You can gain valuable leadership and professional development experience by getting involved in the Belmont University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The Belmont Chapter is sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Since its charter in 2005, the Belmont Chapter has received numerous national awards including the PRSSA Star Chapter Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the 2007 PRSSA Teahan Awards for Chapter Development and Outstanding PRSA-PRSSA Chapter Relationship. We also received national Betsy Plank Ethics Advocacy Awards in 2006 and 2007.  Our chapter is recognized for ethics, excellence, and service.

You can find more information on PRSSA at

Our faculty are recognized professionals who are committed to help you achieve your potential in this dynamic field. In today’s job marketplace, the most competitive public relations graduates will be those who have experience in leadership and internships along with the recommended coursework. Nashville offers a wide variety of internship opportunities; this is the perfect place to study public relations.

Bonnie Parnell Riechert, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA
Chair, Department of Public Relations
Faculty Advisor, PRSSA
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Admissions Questions? Contact Karen Bennett.