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Special Topics Courses

Sports Public Relations

Sports Public Relations
  • PR 3354
  • Summer 1, 10 - 11:50 a.m.
  • CRN: 35408
  • Chris Cook
  • Learn about the exciting, challenging and fast-paced world of sports public relations from a seasoned professional. Mr. Cook is the managing director of communications & marketing at Texas Tech University. Previously, he worked for 11 years in the Texas Tech athletics department including nine years as an assistant athletic director. During that time he oversaw the media relations efforts for 17 sports programs, working closely with football and golf.

Event Management for Public Relations

Event Management for Public Relations
  • PR 4301
  • Summer 2, 2 - 3:50 p.m.
  • CRN: 64060
  • Professor Jo Grant
  • This course in an in-depth study of the various roles that event management plays in an array of public relations programs and campaigns. Topics will include how to build awareness and company reputation by planning and implementing events for diverse venues and purposes ranging from fund-raisers to trade shows, entertainment premieres to sports arenas, annual conferences to one-of-a-kind extravaganzas. We will cover every stage of strategy, planning, production, marketing, logistics, finance, risk assessment and evaluation.

Applied Public Relations Research Methods

Applied Public Relations Research Methods
  • PR 3380
  • MWF, 11 - 11:50 a.m.
  • CRN: 31509
  • Weiwu Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Modern public relations practice is data-driven and results-orientated. This course will offer an in-depth examination of the applied research function in public relations practice.

    We'll discuss how to design and implement projects; analyze and interpret data; and how to pitch, package, and present research to clients.

    Most of our focus will be on how to apply research to address real-world public relations problems, guide strategy development, and evaluate public relations program and campaign effectiveness.
  • Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. PR 3310 and MATH 2300 or 2345 with a grade of C or higher.
  • PR majors may use this course as a substitute for the MCOM 3380 core requirement.

Special Topics in Public Relations: Crisis Communication

Special Topics in Public Relations: Crisis Communication
  • PR 4301
  • TR, 3:30 - 4:50 p.m.
  • CRN: 27638
  • Kristi Gilmore, Ph.D.
  • Students will learn how to prepare for and respond to corporate, nonprofit, and government sector crises from a public relations perspective. Through case studies and in-class activities the course emphasizes the practical application of crisis communication best practices, strategies and tactics when developing and implementing crisis communication plans.

International & Multicultural Public Relations

International & Multicultural Public Relations
  • PR 4351
  • MWF, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
  • CRN: 31557
  • Sun Lee, Ph.D.
  • This course will examine the challenges and opportunities of practicing public relations in international, multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. We'll also look at how the public relations function is structured and practiced in other cultures.
  • Fulfills the global communications requirement for Media & Communication majors.

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For more information about the public relations program, contact the Department Chair Trent Seltzer, .

For more information regarding advising in PR, contact Ashton Ray.

For more information regarding internships, contact Aleesa Ross.

For information about TechPR, the student public relations association, contact the TechPR President.

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