Become tomorrow’s creative leader

Advertising and public relations are vital functions in dynamic companies. Different than marketers, advertising and public relations professionals take a creative look at strategic communications, blending research and art to craft all messages for a company. You will learn to take your natural creativity and analytical thinking and combine them to create comprehensive and connected brands and communications strategies. Plus, you can choose a minor, like international studies or leadership, to give you a broad perspective of what it takes to be a creative leader.

Discover the keys of strategic communication

Learn what makes an effective visual ad, a good tweet and a compelling story. At Susquehanna, you will study foundational theories of strategic communication, practice the essential skills of a communication professional —oral, visual, written and research — and explore ethics that connect professional communicators. Guided discussions and projects on concepts from rhetoric to digital advertising will further help develop your skills as a strategic communicator.

Wield the power of communication

While a student, you’ll put your creative communications skills to work. Develop communications plans for on-campus activities, design ads in the student newspaper and find off-campus internships to begin your professional portfolio. You can also join student professional organizations to connect with current advertising and public relations professionals and enrich your academic knowledge with real-world wisdom.

Susquehanna is renowned for connecting students with fantastic study-abroad programs to help them learn and evolve. By expanding your worldwide perspective, you’ll have a leading edge on other job seekers when you enter the workforce.

Communication graduates have recently found jobs with the following companies:

  • ABC 27 WHTM
  • Citigroup
  • Comcast
  • Fox 29 WTXF-TV
  • Hollywood Media Corporation
  • MediaPower
  • National Geographic Society
  • QVC
  • Rockstar San Diego
  • Sapient Nitro
  • Six Flags America
  • Swarovski
  • Tiffany & Co.

Recent graduates have continued their studies at:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Boston University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Denver
  • University of West Florida
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Duke University

University-sponsored organizations that give you space to express your creativity and prepare yourself for a professional career.

  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Association of Women in Sports Media
  • The Quill—student newspaper
  • The Lanthorn—Susquehanna’s yearbook
  • Lambda Pi Eta—official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Marketing Club
  • TRAX—student-run entertainment venue
Craig A. Stark, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

Email Address stark@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4358

Kate Hastings, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

hastings@susqu.edu
570-372-4359

David C. Kaszuba, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

Email Address kaszuba@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4724

Michele Welliver

Department: Communications
Assistant Professor of Communications

welliver@susqu.edu
570-372-4306

Debrah D. Baxter

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Email Address baxterdebrah@susqu.edu

Dawn Benfer

Department: Communications
WQSU General Manager

slonaker-benfer@susqu.edu
570-372-4030

Karen DeFrancesco

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Email Address defrancescok@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4742

Gary Heller

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

heller@susqu.edu
570-372-4418

Chad Hershberger

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Email Address hershberger@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4423

Michael Rash

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

rash@susqu.edu
570-372-4657

Samuel Sauls

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Email Address saulss@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4079

William Swanger

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

swangerw@susqu.edu
570-372-4353

Linda Burkley

Department: Communications
Lecturer Communications

Email Address burkley@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4094

John Foltz

Department: Communications
Lecturer Communications

foltz@susqu.edu
570-372-4638

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See the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
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Department of Communications

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

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Phone & Email

Craig Stark, department head
570-372-4358
stark@susqu.edu

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