Advertising and Public Relations Degree

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Program Description 

Students in the Public Relations and Advertising major apply and uniquely develop both human communication and mass communication skills with a goal-oriented approach to understanding communication in interpersonal relationships and the media. They are able to integrate their liberal arts knowledge seamlessly with the major, where students take a variety of communication courses to get a well-rounded, purpose-driven experience. In addition, students take upper-level coursework that supplements their knowledge of communication and further develops their skillset. 

Many students will complement this major with a second or third major to enhance their academic experience at Rockhurst.


Learning Outcomes 

  • Develop communication skills in human and mass communication 
  • Apply communication to real-life contexts 
  • Learn and apply communication theory

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Students are encouraged to complete internships while completing their degree. Internships have been completed at places such as:  
    • Lockton 
    • Cerner 
    • FleishmanHillard 
  • Students work with a local organization for their capstone project, where they identify communication issues and make recommendations to the organization
  • Students can participate in the communication speed networking event where they can meet and talk with professionals currently in communication roles
  • Dean's Scholar Program: Earn a bachelor's and master's degree in only five years! Learn more about the program here


Communication students in the public relations and advertising program pursue careers in: 

  • Education 
  • Public relations 
  • Advertising 
  • Law