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School of Communication & the Arts

B.A. in Public Relations

Public Relations

Public Relations Major at Lasell

The B.A. in Public Relations major prepares media literate, digitally adept graduates for PR careers in areas such as corporate communications, public affairs, and promotions in a wide range of public and private sectors. By blending theoretical perspectives with hands-on learning, the program immerses students in the study of PR principles and practices including strategic communication, media relations, campaign planning and evaluation.

Program Features

The program features many extracurricular opportunities to give students leadership/team experience and portfolio material. These experiences include:

  • Opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in student media outlets including the 1851 Chronicle print and digital newspaper, Lasell Community Television (LCTV) and WLAS radio.
  • The program culminates with students completing at least one required internship and a capstone experience in which they develop a digital portfolio to showcase their undergraduate projects and skills. 
  • Students are required to do at least one internship and encouraged to study either abroad or domestically.

What You'll Learn

From your first day, you’ll take courses in your major and advance towards graduation with a yearly plan. Not sure what classes to take? We’ll help you create the perfect plan. 

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete a major program of study in Public Relations:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences through writing, oral and non-verbal methods in styles demanded by platform and discipline.
  • Critically analyze the content, functions, effects and ethics of media in a diverse, global society.
  • Formulate applied communication research questions and employ quantitative or qualitative methods to gather, analyze, and share findings.
  • Employ tools and technology within industry standards to plan and implement communications to achieve strategic public relations objectives and evaluate results.
  • Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths and experiences relative to public relations career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth.

For a complete list of courses and learning outcomes, view the Academic Catalog >>

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Career Success in the Public Relations Industry

Our students have interned with:

  • Viacom
  • Converse, Inc.
  • Dunkin Brands, Inc.
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Reebok Global Headquarters
  • The Boston Celtics
  • The New England Patriots
  • The Boston Globe
  • The Boston Hearld
  • iHeart Media

Our alumni work for:

  • Publicist
  • Media liaison
  • Public affairs officer
  • Community relations coordinator
  • Media planner
  • Speech writer
  • Press secretary
  • Corporate communications director
  • Event coordinator
  • PR account executive

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Lasell's emphasis on small class sizes really drew me in.

Lynn Hilton '23

Communication major with a Video Production minor

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Lynn Hilton

COM206 - Professional Communication

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the most important communication and career-related formats of professional writing, including power point presentations, memos, business letters, reports, brief speeches, instructions, newsletters and brochures. Special emphasis is given to various writing processes one must complete on a tight deadline for a business audience of peers, customers or employers. Prerequisite: ENG 102.

COM208 - Public Relations

In this course, students explore the evolution, theoretical basis for, and practice of professional Public Relations. Students review the history and current practices of Public Relations and examine the differences between PR and advertising; press relations and public affairs; promotions and news events; marketing and media placements. Students gain insights into the Public Relations function for corporations, high tech companies, government agencies, politics, education, the entertainment industry, sports, and non-profit institutions. Lectures, case studies, readings, group work, guest speakers, and class discussions focus on techniques useful in such areas as local and national publicity, special events, and community and government relations for organizations. Prerequisite: COM101

COM221 - Advertising

This course introduces students to the field of advertising, including the role of promotional elements (advertising, direct mail, promotion, etc.) found in an advertising agency or in the communication program of an organization. In this course, students learn that advertising is more than just ads on television, on a web page or in print. Advertising is a process that starts with research and moves through analysis, planning, action, and evaluation. The development of an effective advertising strategy requires an understanding of overall communication processes and theoretical principles, how organizations organize and brand themselves for advertising and other promotional functions, consumer behavior, and how to set goals and objectives. A cooperative learning project requires students to engage in the kind of strategic thinking, planning and execution that is done by advertisers, researchers, media planners, and copywriters. The course also addresses how the advertising industry is regulated and how key social issues and various consumer constituencies can present problems for advertising professionals. Prerequisite: COM 101.

COM317 - Media Relations

Managing media relations for public relations professionals is the focus of this course. The course is intended to increase students’ knowledge of the principles and methods of generating publicity and to introduce the basics of planning and writing media relations campaigns. The rapidly changing nature of global companies and the convergence of new information technologies are influencing the ways that communication professionals achieve their goals. Media relations can be a highly competitive and challenging field, where you must prove your productivity, accuracy, and creativity. Students discuss and experiment with successful strategies for gaining coverage in the press for clients, and they plan a comprehensive media relations program. Prerequisites: COM 101, COM 208.

COM320 - Organizational Communication

This course focuses on both the theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of the context and application of organizational communication. Topics include: leadership, new technologies and their impact on organizations, organizational climate and culture, ethics, formal and informal channels of communication within organizations, management of diversity and conflict, relational communication (with interpersonal and group work), and issues of power and politics within the context of the organizational settings. Prerequisite: COM 103

COM330 - Strategic Campaigns

This course integrates the knowledge students have acquired in previous courses in the field of marketing communications. Students will develop a strategic communication campaign that is grounded on both an organization’s objectives and a thorough understanding of a target audience. Students will work with a client (real or fictitious), on an actual campaign that includes marketing and communication objectives, primary and secondary consumer research, a target-centered strategy, tactical recommendations, execution of the creative brief, and an evaluation plan. Special emphasis will be placed on the strategic work that goes into developing, planning, and executing the campaign within industry standards. Prerequisites: COM208 Public Relations or COM221 OR BUSS220

COM335 - Corporate and Nonprofit Public Relations

his course builds on students’ existing knowledge of Public Relations (PR) and is intended to further develop their skills. The focus is on the distinct differences between the practice of PR in corporate and non-profit settings. Special emphasis will be placed on the centrality of PR as a management function, while also expanding students’ use and understanding of tools and techniques used by PR professionals. This course includes a theoretical and an applied component, providing students with the opportunity to develop PR plans for prospective clients. Subjects covered include corporate PR, non-profit PR, media relations and press agentry, crisis communication, community relations, and cause-related marketing.???Prerequisite: COM208 Public Relations.