What will I learn?

Your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communication Studies* at SIU can prepare you for a career in business, the arts, social services, government, education, or industry. Your ability to effectively communicate is essential to your potential career success. In our department you can develop the flexible, practical skills you will need after graduation. You learn from nationally recognized faculty in small classes. In our department you’re a name, not a number.



Learn how to build mutually beneficial relationships between clients and their significant publics through ethical communication and attention to diversity and inclusion

Get involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) (we have one of the oldest PRSSA chapters in the country)

Obtain hands-on experience through internships and engage in professional networking events

The specialization in public relations has been designed according to curricular guidelines from the Public Relations Society of America. It emphasizes strong writing, speaking, research, planning, and management skills and makes you familiar with the wide range of disciplines that make up the public relations field. In addition to courses in the Department of Communication Studies, courses in other departments such as marketing, journalism, psychology, management, and political science, will prepare you for specific career objectives. You can obtain public relations experience while you are a student at SIUC through practicum or internship opportunities arranged with administrative offices at SIUC, with area businesses, or through student organizations such as the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the student PR agency, Pyramid Public Relations. You can also avail of professional networking opportunities through conferences and other professional events.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,000.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 December 2021, 10 January 2022


College of Liberal Arts

Southern Illinois University,



62901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent. Academic Requirements (grade point averages are on a 4.0 scale and are calculated by SIU): 26 credits or more at another college/university - submit college/university transcripts showing a GPA of 2.0 or greater on all coursework; 0-25 credits at another college/university - submit high school AND university/college transcripts showing 2.0 GPA on all coursework; 5 Passes on the GCE O or A level exams (under the Cambridge/ed excel model).

For international students

Students need to have Transcripts from high school and/or college. At SIU Carbondale, applicants for admission will be eligible for automatic admission if they are on track to complete our course pattern requirements and who meet one of the following criteria: A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75; A ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class.

English Language Requirement: Any one of the following methods will automatically meet the minimum English requirement. Applicants who do not meet the automatic English language admission requirement will undergo a holistic review to determine potential admissibility.

TOEFL (IBT internet-based test) - 68

TOEFL (paper based test) - 520

ITEP - 4.0 (academic plus only)

IELTS - 6.0

2 Face-to-face English composition classes taken in the U.S. at the college level with a grade of A or B

More than 48 college-level credit hours completed at a U.S. institution

If an applicant is from a country whose primary language is English

Graduation from a U.S. high school having spent the final 2 years in the U.S.

Meeting the SAT or ACT requirements for admission of domestic freshmen

Duolingo English Test (accepted during COVID-19 closures)- 95

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Priding itself on its inclusivity, international students can enjoy a diverse campus community where 29% of the total enrolled are minority students.

  • Globally and Nationally ranked public research University
  • Over 200 majors, minors and specifications
  • Reduced tuition rates for eligible international students
  • Student population representing over 100 countries

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