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.

In the communication studies emphasis,

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.

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

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Susquehanna offers a major in communications with three possible emphases: digital multimedia (with tracks in broadcasting, journalism, or sports media), strategic communications (with tracks in advertising and marketing communications, or public relations) and communication arts (with tracks in personal and organizational communication or communication studies). Majors complete university Central Curriculum requirements, plus 46 to 58 semester hours of courses in a selected emphasis and track. 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 emphasis or minor.

The department also expects communications majors and minors to participate each semester in related cocurricular activities. Options include WQSU-FM radio; The Quill student newspaper; The Lanthorn student yearbook; Sterling Communications, the student-run public relations firm; the Paul Dannelley chapter of PRSSA, and other activities supervised by department faculty.

Double-counting restriction: students pursuing a major in the department of communications may double-count a maximum of 6 semester hours toward another communications major or minor.  In such cases, students will need to meet with the department head to discuss substitute courses to cover department requirements.

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Personal and Organizational Communication 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

2 COMM-100 Grammar for Communicators
4 COMM-101 Essentials of Digital Media
4 COMM-190 Communication/Media Theory
4 COMM-192 Public Speaking
4 COMM-201 Ethics and Leadership
4 COMM-481 Media Law
1 COMM-501 Practicum
1 COMM-501 Practicum

18      Personal and Organizational Communication Requirements

4 COMM-191 Interpersonal Communication
2 COMM-295 Effective Listening
4 COMM-194 Intercultural Communication
4 COMM-296 Dynamic Presentational Speaking
4 COMM-491 Team Communication

8       Department Electives, chosen from any COMM course

Communication Studies 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

2 COMM-100 Grammar for Communicators
4 COMM-101 Essentials of Digital Media
4 COMM-190 Communication/Media Theory
4 COMM-192 Public Speaking
4 COMM-201 Ethics and Leadership
4 COMM-481 Media Law
1 COMM-501 Practicum
1 COMM-501 Practicum

2       Communication Studies Requirement

1 COMM-501 Practicum
1 COMM-501 Practicum

24      Department electives, chosen from communications courses.

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

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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