Public Relations Major

Our Public Relations major provides a thorough background in the theoretical principles and the practical application of public relations. Coursework includes broad-based instruction in a variety of communication strategies and tactics to meet objectives for corporate, government, public relations firms and not-for-profit organizations. Upon graduation, students possess technical skills for their major and the practical skills of effective communication in both professional and personal settings. Additionally, students gain essential foundations in communication.

Careers in Public Relations

Career opportunities lie in various fields including service delivery; planning and management; and working directly with individuals, families, groups, and communities. 

Positions include:

  • Public Relations or Marketing Managers
  • Crisis Communication Directors
  • Social media Planners or Consultants
  • Spokespersons or Public Information Officers
  • Event Coordinators
  • Account Executives
  • Integrated Marketing Consultants
  • Website Content Experts

Professionalism is...


"Professionalism to me is being accountable, reliable, and hard working. With those three skills and a solid knowledge base, success will follow."

Chris Gause,

Learn more about all things professional at York College.



Internships can be invaluable component of your education. Public relations students can gain work experience in their field of study, as well as develop and refine future career goals. Learn more about internships.

PRSSA -YCP Chapter

The Public Relations Student Society of America – York College Chapter is a vibrant group of public relations students who plan and implement community outreach events and real issues affecting people in and around York College and York County. Check the group out on Facebook!


Faculty Spotlight

Lowell Briggs is an expert in crisis response, as well news and documentary design. He received honors for his disaster response efforts during the 9/11 attacks in New York City (2001) and the Asian Tsunami in Thailand (2005).

Learn more about Professor Briggs.