Department of Communications
What can you do with a communications major? You’d be surprised!
Susquehanna communications majors pursue careers in advertising, broadcast and print journalism, public relations ... as well as financial services, real estate, state government, education and so much more!
At Susquehanna you learn cutting-edge, practical skills that will help you secure employment upon graduation. Plus, you’ll gain valuable skills in ethics and leadership, focusing on the types of tough decisions that communications professionals must make on a daily basis.
Develop Critical Skills: Learn what you’ll need to succeed! Explore the essentials of digital and new media. Strengthen your oral, visual, written and research skills. Analyze the ethical and legal challenges you’ll encounter. And discover how a communications degree will serve you in any career field you choose to explore. More »
Use Professional-grade Facilities: Lights, camera, action! Record in the multi-camera television studio with a green screen set. Work in the brand-new audio, video and graphics lab. At Susquehanna, you’ll gain hands-on experience using professional-quality equipment. More »
Learn from Engaged Faculty: Academic expertise plus real-world experiences. Eager to share what they know. Committed to your success. Are you motivated to excel? Then Susquehanna offers the ideal learning environment for you! More »
• Communications majors are everywhere across campus! Whether it’s working on the student newspaper, yearbook or any of the many student activities open to communication majors, you’ll gain academic and practical experiences that help you secure employment upon graduation.
• Susquehanna’s WQSU 88.9 FM HD, The Pulse, is the third most powerful college station in Pennsylvania (12,000 watts), and one of only five college radio stations in the state to broadcast in high definition. You’ll have hands-on access as early as your first year!
• Are certain ads objectionable? How does a journalist balance personal relationships with accurate reporting and avoid conflicts of interest? Is sports radio just trash talk? Learn to navigate the ethical and legal conundrums you’ll face as a media practitioner.
• Gain real-world experience and the chance to apply your classroom theories and creativity to real clients on campus and in the local community at Sterling Communications, a student-run public relations firm.
• Sculpt your degree to suit your particular interests with a 2nd major or minor within the department or in a complementary field such as environmental science, political science, history, creative writing or a foreign language!
• Your hands-on projects (called practicums) together with all the knowledge and skills you develop at Susquehanna, will result in a high-quality, professional portfolio designed to showcase your talents to prospective employers.
Emily Burns ’14 (Communications)
Communications major lands dream internship. »
Aaron Haines ’14 (Communications)
Self-discovery and perspective gained from GO experience. »
Brian Patton ’00 (Public Relations)
Susquehanna alumnus finds success doing what he loves. »
Jim Sodt, Ph.D.
Bringing real-world experience to the classroom. »
Major: Communications (B.A.)
Emphases in: Broadcasting, Journalism, Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Speech Communication, Communication Studies, Teacher CertificationMore »
Advertising, Broadcasting, Journalism, Public Relations, Speech CommunicationMore »
Communications majors share highlights from their recent internship opportunities. More »
Comm Majors in Action
Explore the first-rate production facilities that await you in the communications department. More »
Learn about all aspects of a career in PR and network with working professionals through the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). More »
Get “roll-up-your-sleeves” experience working with this student-run public relations firm. More »
Susquehanna University graduating senior Aaron Haines, a communications major, has always thought of himself as an adventurer, but when it came to his Global Opportunities (GO) trip he wanted to play it safe. He's glad he was talked out of that. »