Be an expert in all forms of communication

At Susquehanna, you’ll learn the foundational skills of all communication disciplines, as well as the integral theories and ethics that bind them all together. As a communication studies major, you will prepare for graduate study or a career in qualitative research, critical theory or interpersonal communications. With plenty of on-campus media outlets, you can sharpen all your communications skills at Susquehanna.

Explore the world of communication

Gain a broad view of mass communication or target a couple of disciplines to master with the communication studies major. You’ll learn the principles of professional communication and digital media, media law and ethics, graphic design and public speaking. You will also study the ways we communicate with each other, including group communication, intercultural communication and listening. You can also assemble your own degree track that aligns with your academic interests, and take courses from different mass communication fields, including journalism, advertising and public relations or even sports media.

With Susquehanna’s renowned study-abroad program, you won’t just learn in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to study with professional communicators and researchers. This worldly perspective will help you be a better communicator after graduation.

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Great for transfer students

As a transfer student to Susquehanna, you’ll have flexibility to stay on track to graduate while you explore your interests within the Communication Studies major.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that communication studies majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Intercultural Communication 
  • Introduction to Communication/Media Theory 
  • Ethics and Leadership 

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

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

During your time at Susquehanna, you can practice your communication skills with our many clubs and publications.

  • The Quill—student newspaper
  • The Lanthorn—Susquehanna’s yearbook
  • WQSU-FM—on-campus radio station
  • Flagship—publication for creative work and photography
  • Lambda Pi Eta—official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Association of Women in Sports Media
  • Marketing Club
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

Brian R. Hauser

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

Email Address hauserb@susqu.edu

Contact Us

Department of Communications

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Apfelbaum Hall

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Phone & Email

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

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