Public Relations Concentration (BA)

George Fox's communication arts major integrates Christian values in the discipline.

The public relations concentration within the communication major is designed to cultivate graduates who can thrive in industries with a growing, global market.

Students who select this track will spend their undergraduate career cultivating a professional portfolio of public relations work, including public relations campaigns and data visualization materials. You will gain firsthand experience working for nonprofit and corporate clients, creating public relations materials that cater to the needs of the organizations and their constituents.

Within the public relations concentration, you will take communication courses that prepare you for public relations careers involving content creation, data visualization, journalism, research, social media and technology. With an interdisciplinary approach to communication, you will also take a common core in communication and rhetorical theory.

Common Career Paths:

  • Brand management
  • Content creation/marketing
  • Crisis communications
  • Media relations
  • Public relations
  • Social media community management
  • Spokesperson

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Communication Majors at George Fox study at a top Christian college.

Demand for public relations occupations is expected to rise by 9 percent in the next 10 years. This is due to the increased need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. College graduates hoping for a job in public relations should be prepared to think creatively, use ever-changing media and work with a flexible schedule. The median salary for a public relations specialist is $59,300 as of 2017.

  • Director of Public Relations, CLEARLINK
  • Public Relations Director, Total Dental Health
  • Director of Public Information and Marketing Communications, George Fox University
  • Director of Strategic Information, Boyd Coffee
  • Associate VP of Marketing, Oregon Mutual Insurance
  • VP of Creative Services, Graystone Media
  • Digital Media Specialist, SEO Website Results
  • Communications Manager, West Hills Christian High School
  • Community Engagement Specialist, Black Parent Initiative
  • Marketing and Communications Associate, Oregon Food Bank
  • Strategic Market Planning Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
  • Gonzaga University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Texas State-San Marcos
  • Northwestern Nazarene University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Baylor University
  • Arizona State University
  • WE Public Relations
  • McMinnville Downtown Association
  • Oregon Right to Life
  • Newberg Christian Church
  • Bring It On Communications
  • Holmes Bakehouse
  • Providence Health Care
  • Sseko Designs

Student Experiences

Ashlie Hernandez

“The best thing I received from getting a degree in communication at George Fox is the toolbox full of lessons and skills for everyday life. While I use my skills professionally, the interpersonal tools I use in my everyday interaction have helped so much. I am so grateful for what I learned from my professors and peers while part of this program!”

- Ashlie Hernandez
Class of 2018

Noble Murray

"As an organizational communication graduate, I’ve been given language to understand and explain the phenomena of everyday life. While I developed my academic and vocational knowledge through the exploration of communication theories and practices, I was immersed in real-world examples of my day-to-day life. The applicability of this degree has given me a leg up in my career path, as I can apply learned concepts to any business setting, valuing the story of an individual while supporting a team through meaningful and efficient communication."

- Noble Murray
Class of 2018

Points of Distinction

  • Small class sizes provide more access to professors, aiding students in success.
  • Professors and instructors are able to provide industry knowledge from their own hands-on experience.
  • Focus on ethics prepares students to stand out in their communication practices.
  • Field experience opportunities give students the chance to use what they have learned in the classroom before graduation.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.