Category: Courses

Spring 2017 Special Courses

Not sure what to take Spring term? Take a look at the two special courses offered for PR majors. Special courses are a great way to expand your experience and learn about an area of PR that you may be interested. They are offered twice a year (Winter and Spring) and count towards upper division elective credits. This Spring, SOJC PR will offer a Nonprofit course and an Event Planning workshop.

J480: Nonprofit online crowdfunding

  • Instructor: Courtney Munther
  • Credits: 4

Interested in nonprofit? In this course, you will gain knowledge about fundraising and donor cultivation in the digital age. Individuals will learn about the challenges and opportunities of cultivating relationships with donors. You will get hands on experience by working with real clients to develop fundraising campaigns, and hear from nonprofit leaders in the Pacific Northwest.This class is designed to help prepare you for a meaningful communications career in the nonprofit world.

J408: Special Events Planning

  • Adjunct Instructor: Denise Rosetti
  • Credits: 2 credits, 1 weekend

Interested in event planning? The Special Events Planning workshop will teach you the necessary tools to plan and effectively execute an event. Students will learn about industry trends, budgets, timelines, marketing and contingency plans. In groups, individuals will have the opportunity to plan real events in the community. Past clients include The Sasquatch Beer Festival and The South Willamette Wineries Association Barrel Tour.

Winter 2017 Special Courses

It’s almost that time of the term again…registration time! We have a few courses available Winter 2017 that aren’t normally on the class list. These are excellent classes to expand your skill set and gain more PR knowledge. If you are looking for some fun, informative classes to add to your upcoming class schedule check these out!


J399 – Design for PR

with Professor Nicole Damen

Design is more than just aesthetic. It’s communication. As such, effective design is a critical component of successful public relations. In this hands-on course, you will design memorable, meaningful and ethical PR communications for a given message, audience and medium. Course includes design for print, digital and social media.

J480 – Top Strategic Social Media

with Professor Kelli Matthews

Develop your strategic social media skills for public relations as you prepare for the workforce. Social media is more and more on the forefront of public relations. Learn the best practices and get ahead of the game!

Written by Sophie Ey

Winter 2013: New Course & Workshops

We have a few courses available Winter Term 2013 that aren’t normally on our class list and are outside of the “how do you graduate” checklist. If you have room in your schedule, you should consider adding these.

J199 Sp St InDesign for PR (2 credits) Steve Asbury has created a workshop just for PR students to really give them a solid grounding in InDesign. 27586

J408 Wrk Portfolio for PR (2 credits) This workshop covers everything from putting together the hard copy and e-portfolio to how to write the thank you note and how to dress. Note: This information is not being covered in J454. This workshop is a must to prep for portfolio reviews! 27196

J410 Strat Bus/Fin Comm (4 credits) Learn how to communicate with the financial world–a must for folks interested in corporate work or agency work on corporate accounts. 27209

J412 Top Strategic Social Media (4 credits) This isn’t a skills course, it’s a course about how to really use social media strategically, and students have used what they’ve learned in this class to land great positions. Course website. 23637