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Department of Communication

What We Do:

We prepare students for exceptional careers and/or advanced study in broadcasting, journalism, advertising, public relations, and other areas, through our rigorous program. For both majors and non-majors, our courses enhance knowledge and skill in writing, speaking, critical thinking and media technology.

We are now part of the 5-year CAS/MBA Program.  For more information, click here.

 

How We Stand Out:

  • Focus on a solid writing foundation, integral to communication careers
  • Students can pursue a specific field of interest on day one
  • Hands-on training is combined with theoretical academics 
  • Eloquence and logical discourse is valued in the tradition of Jesuit education
  • Campus media and student organizations are opportunities for practical experience
  • Students critically examine ethical issues related to communication and professional situations

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Communication is the art and science of mediated interaction between individuals or groups. The department offers two tracks within the Communication major: the Communication Leadership track and the Communication and the Law track.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Electronic Media - Journalism and electronic media is an in-depth exploration of online media, with a focus on communication of information. The department offers two tracks within the Journalism & Electronic Media major: the Journalism track and the Broadcasting & Electronic Media track.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication - Strategic communication is about how organizations inform, persuade and otherwise interact with their customers and other critical publics. The department offers two tracks within the Strategic Communication major: the Public Relations track and the Advertising track.
  • Minor in Communication

Meet Our Faculty:

Communication faculty at Scranton are consistently rated highly by their students. Each professor has significant professional experience. For example, Dr. Sufyan Mohammed was a vice president of PR firm Weber Shandwick-India. Faculty remain involved in professional activities including research and off-campus projects. But their top priority is their students. Communication faculty members are enthusiastic mentors, razor-focused on student success and fulfillment. 

My mind belongs to PR, but my heart belongs to teaching.

Sufyan Mohammed, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Howard Fisher

Chair of the Communication Department

Assistant Professor

A.A., Bismarck State College
B.A., Minnesota State University
M.A., Texas Tech University
Ph.D., Ohio University

Phone: 570-941-7513
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Dr. Matthew Reavy

Associate Professor

B.A., M.A., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., University of Missouri–Columbia

Phone: 570-941-6333
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Professor John Kilker

Faculty Specialist

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.A., Fairfield University
M.F.A., University of Southern California

Phone: 570-941-4112
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Dr. Rebecca Mikesell

Assistant Professor

B.S., M.S., Illinois State University
Ph.D., Ohio University

Phone: 570-941-7516
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Dr. Sufyan Mohammed

Associate Professor

B.A., Jai Hind College
M.B.A., Rizvi Institute of Management Studies & Research
M.B.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Phone: 570-941-6332
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Dr. Kimberly Pavlick

Assistant Professor

B.S., West Virginia University
M.S., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-6333
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Dr. Stacy Smulowitz

Assistant Professor

B.A., Wilkes University
M.S., Ithaca College Park School of Communication
Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University School of Communication

Phone: 570-941-4135
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Professor Jack Strain

Faculty Specialist

B.A., M.A., The University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-4131
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Inside the Classroom

  • State-of-the-art TV studio and audio production facility
  • Dedicated faculty who make meaningful connections
  • Hands-on projects, especially in upper-level courses

Student Media:

WUSR Radio 99.5

  • 11 new computer stations
  • USB microphones
  • Teaching area
  • New audio board and music organization system

RTN Royal Television Network, Channel 9

  • New TV news set
  • New sound board
  • Canon XA10 video cameras
  • Final Cut Pro editing systems

The Aquinas student newspaper

  • Print and electronic editions

Joining the RTN club has given me real world experience that I will bring to a professional job after graduation.

Lauren Giunta, Class of 2014, Royal Television Network Associate Producer

Career Outcomes:

You’ll find Scranton communication graduates working in diverse fields such as:

  • Online journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Writing and editing
  • Publishing
  • Video production

Graduates with excellent communication skills and a strong liberal arts background are successful in other fields as well. For example:

  • Marketing
  • Business management
  • Training
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Fundraising

Many students pursue advanced degrees in communication fields or branch out to go to law schools or to pursue their MBA. For example:

  • New York Law School
  • University of Hawaii
  • Liberty University