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.

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 advertising and public relations majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • Introduction to Communication/Media Theory 
  • Ethics and Leadership 
  • Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations 
  • Methods of Adobe Creative Suite 

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

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

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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