Connect with the world

From the classroom to the boardroom, effective communication is key to success.

Researching, analyzing, listening, thinking creatively and feeling confident during a presentation are skills that employers want, and skills you'll learn here.

Stand out among competitors by getting the tools to communicate, assess and lead the communications needs of a team, and embrace the latest communications technologies.

Skills that translate beyond your career

Relating to your audience, actively listening, and thinking critically and creatively give you an advantage in your career and personal life.

A class in Effective Listening proves that listening is not a lost art. In large meetings or face-to-face encounters, you'll better hear and understand what's being communicated.

Or build skills that will be useful in whatever career you pursue with a Team Communication course.

These classes shape you into an effective leader who's adept at problem solving, creative thinking and mastering group dynamics.

Our interdisciplinary minors, like leadership, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Your choices after graduation are wide open. Our students have careers in sales, therapy, human services, education and ministry.

Communications graduates have been employed at:

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
Villanova University

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.

Students must complete courses applied to the minor with grades of C- or higher.

Double-counting restriction: only 6 semester hours of a minor may be double-counted toward a communications major or additional minor, and students may need to meet with the department head to discuss substitute courses.

Minor in Personal and Organizational Communication. Students are expected to participate in departmental activities appropriate to their interests and complete 22 semester hours: COMM-190 Communication/Media Theory, COMM-191 Interpersonal Communication, COMM-192 Public Speaking and COMM-491 Team Communication and six semester hours chosen from the following: COMM-295 Effective Listening, COMM-194 Intercultural Communication, COMM-201 Ethics and Leadership, COMM-296 Dynamic Presentational Speaking, or COMM-501 (two practica).

Craig A. Stark, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

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

Bev Romberger, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Professor of Communications

romberger@susqu.edu
570-372-4357

Kate Hastings, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

Email Address hastings@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4359

David C. Kaszuba, Ph.D.

Department: Communications
Associate Professor of Communications

kaszuba@susqu.edu
570-372-4724

Michele Welliver

Department: Communications
Assistant Professor of Communications

Email Address welliver@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4306

Linda Burkley

Department: Communications
Lecturer Communications

burkley@susqu.edu
570-372-4094

John Foltz

Department: Communications
Lecturer Communications

Email Address foltz@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4638

Debrah D. Baxter

Department: Communications
Adjunct Faculty in Communications

baxterdebrah@susqu.edu

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

rash@susqu.edu
570-372-4538

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

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Department of Communications

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Phone & Email

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

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