Category:BA Communications - Public Relations Emphasis

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In 1921, President Franklin S. Harris established the University’s Extension Division to publicize ongoing activities at the university. Before this division was created, the university relied on the natural course of newspapers to pick up news. This meant papers would receive information from local correspondents, often copying stories from each other. The Extension Division sent news directly to the media rather than relying on newspapers to cover it on their own.

During this time, Public Relations was a cross referenced upper division course in the Department of Business Administration. Other cross-referenced courses with which public relations was categorized included business report writing, principles of risk bearing, labor problems, industrial psychology, business psychology and personnel psychology. It wasn’t until the fall of 1972 that public relations officially became a part of the Department of Communications with Rulon L. Bradley as its champion. Today, the Public Relations program operates the Bradley Public Relations Agency.

In 2010, the Public Relations program was named one of the top five public relations programs in the United States. Later, the BYU Rulon L. Bradley chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was named Outstanding Chapter for 2010 at the society's annual meeting in Washington D.C.

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