Student Organizations

The Communications Department has two student-run organizations: The Society for Independent Student Journalists (SISJ) and The Public Relations Student Society of America.

The purpose of SISJ is to:

  1. offer educational and professional support for student journalists;
  2. to reinforce and strengthen the guiding principles of independent journalists;
  3. to give student journalists the opportunity to network with industry professionals and instructors;
  4. to ensure all interested students are proficient in the principles and practices of journalism professionals.

The department has sponsored a chapter of PRSSA since 1979. The chapter's mission is:

  1. to serve its student members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities; and
  2. to serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.

PRSSA cultivates a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between student members and professional public relations practitioners. These student organizations are highly active, holding monthly meetings and sponsoring various on- and off-campus social and professional activities.

Students can also apply for the competitive Hollywood by the Horns workshop certificate, which prepares students for careers in film and television. Student membership in these organizations is highly recommended.