When you enroll at Susquehanna, you’ll be paired with an advisor and application tool to guide you in your course planning and scheduling. The following is an excerpt from the complete course catalog. Enrolled students follow the requirements of the course catalog for the academic year in which they declare each major and/or minor, consult with their advisor(s) and the Academic Planning Tool.
- Students will be able to identify, explain and apply theory.
- Students will demonstrate communication skills (oral, visual, written, research).
- Students will recognize ethical implications and relate them to various contexts.
- Students will develop and practice critical thinking.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Susquehanna offers five degrees in Communications: Advertising and Public Relations; Broadcasting; Communication Studies; Journalism and Digital Content; and Sports Media. Majors complete university Central Curriculum requirements, plus 48 to 50 semester hours of courses in a selected degree plan. These include introductory courses, practica for learning skills, and specific emphases requirements. A grade of C- or better is required for any course to apply to the major or minor. Courses may count toward only one degree or minor.
The department also expects communications majors and minors to participate each semester in related co-curricular activities. Options include WQSU-FM radio; The Quill student newspaper; The Lanthorn student yearbook; studio and remote video production with Lens Flare; the Paul Dannelley Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), and other activities supervised by department faculty.
Communication Arts Track
Students fulfill the university Central Curriculum requirements, participate fully in departmental activities appropriate to their interests and successfully complete the following courses
24 Department requirements
4 COMM-101 Essentials of Digital Media
2 COMM-102 Methods of Adobe Creative Suite
4 COMM-190 Intro Communication/Media Theory
4 COMM-192 Public Speaking
4 COMM-201 Ethics and Leadership
4 COMM-202 Digital Media Analytics
4 COMM-481 Media Law
2 Communication Arts Requirements
1 COMM-501 Practicum
1 COMM 501 Practicum
20 Department electives
Chosen from communications courses
4 Capstone requirement
Chosen from the following courses (provided prerequisites have been met)
4 COMM-391 Team Communication
4 COMM-411 Public Relations Management
4 COMM 418 Advertising Campaigns
4 COMM-435 Feature Writing
4 COMM-482 Professional Digital Multimedia Production
4 COMM-499 Communication Studies Research Seminar
The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes outstanding performance in communications. To graduate with department honors, candidates must do the following:
- Complete major requirements under guidance of a Communications Department faculty adviser, who agrees to serve as a sponsor at the student’s request,
- Petition the honors coordinator with a written honors proposal no later than the second to last week of the end of the junior year. The submission must be approved as honors quality by departmental faculty,
- Maintain a 3.70 cumulative GPA in department courses,
- Produce an acceptable written or production thesis based on one year of senior research/production work (COMM-503 Honors Study) beyond the required major track semester hours,
- Submit the thesis at least two weeks before graduation, and
- Successfully complete an oral defense of the honors thesis.
Honors work not meeting the required standards will be applied as a university elective course. Departmental honors may be taken separately from or in conjunction with the university Honors Program.
Students who meet the requisite national and local standards are eligible to join the national honorary society Lamda Pi Eta (communications).
Courses selected require a grade of C- or higher.
Courses may count toward only one Communications degree or minor.