Bethel Offers New Concentrations in Public Relations, Journalism

The department of communication at Bethel College has restructured its course offerings to include new concentrations in public relations and journalism to begin in the fall of 2009.

The new additions will offer students more focused choices between general communication, journalism and public relations. “These changes will help our students become more competitive in the marketplace, while being able to apply their ethics on the job,” said Dr. Elizabeth McLaughlin, assistant professor of communication.

McLaughlin also said the restructuring of the department of communication will complement the college’s mission to provide meaningful academic programs that prepare students for a life of service. “We are dedicated to educating and equipping students to become skilled practitioners who represent the honesty and values that employers are seeking and our society needs.”

“The journalism concentration offers students hands-on training in print and broadcast media. Students develop a broad range of skills to present information on multiple media platforms enabling them to compete for jobs in the highly competitive market,” said Tim Ceravolo, director of student media.

Specific courses for the public relations concentration include introduction to PR, research methodologies, writing and production, campaigns, and internships — all of which are recommended by the Public Relations Society of America and the Commission on Public Relations Education.

As part of the restructuring of the department of communication, the Mass Media Minor and Associate Degree in Journalism have been dropped from the department. Both public relations and journalism will be offered as minors in addition to the concentrations.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Johnson, assistant professor of communication, at 574.257.3327 or

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart campus and satellite locations in Nappanee, Ind. and Dowagiac, Mich. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.