Welcome to the Communication Studies Department


Learn about our Major and Minor Programs in Communication and Social Media. Watch faculty members talk about their passion for communication research and teaching.

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“Congratulations to the Outstanding COM and SMS Seniors in the Class of 2020!”

Katie Neece (left) & Megan Weiss (right)

Read about Katie and Megan's plans for the future

Four female graduates

Congratulations to the Lambda Pi Eta Class of 2020! Amy Vogel, Jamilee Hoffman, Taylor D'ambrosio, and Gina Esposto are members of the Kutztown Chapter of the Communication Studies National Honor Society.

Congratulations to the following COM Studies students and their faculty for presenting their research at the 21st Annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference: Abigail Greco (Dr. Lisa Weckerle); Daniel Hamm (Dr. Jessica Robinson); Emmeline Knowlan (Dr. Angela Cirucci).

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Dr. Urszula Pruchniewska recently published her research on the mobile dating app, Bumble, in the International Journal of Communication. For this study, she interviewed female users to find out about their experiences of the app. 

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Dr. Marco Ehrl recently published a government-sponsored study with a team of researchers about the role of Egyptian, Chinese, and Russian media narratives for solving Egypt's economic crisis.

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Social Media Hub ("SMASH") and Public Relations Agency ("The Agency") named Finalists in International Audio-Visual Classroom Experience Awards

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Dr. Angela Cirucci sat down with 69News to discuss the ups and downs of Facebook, as well as its political and social impact.

Watch Angela's Interview

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At the Fall 2019 commencement, Katelyn Melder and Jericho Dar became the first two graduates of the new Social Media Theory and Strategy (SMS) program. Katelyn has already taken a position as the Social Media Manager for Women in Technology International (WITI).


Want to earn a BA in Communication Studies or a BS in Social Media Theory and Strategy? Want to add them as a minor to your program?

Explore our COM Degrees
Explore our SMS Degrees
Explore our Minor in Performance and Storytelling


Senior Showcase Fall 2019:

Congratulations to all our showcase participants.

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Senior Showcase | Fall 2019

Students discussing their posters at the senior showcase.

Tensions, Bills, and Thrills

DeSean Longino & Noel Subervi

"The Talk:" Taboo Conversations within Blended Families

Cammi Jefferson, Emily Mott, and Alexis Rodriguez

A Crisis Communication Analysis of Complications and First-Hand Accounts from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina

David Guffy & Zach Marvil

Tiger in the Dog House: The Social Demise of an Icon

Patrick Walsh and Jarrett Cole

Get Off Your Phone! Understanding How College Student iPhone Use Impacts Communicative Competence

Casey Renaud and Callum Bartlett

It-It-It's Great to Meet You: Reducing Uncertainty in Initial Encounters

Hannah A. Srock and Ronald M. Stinson

How Users Connect with Traditional and Micro-Celebrities Through Instagram Brands

Katarina Ward and Shamin Malik

#Join WITI: Bringing Life to Women in Technology International's Social Media Strategy

Katelyn Melder

"He Lives Each Day in His Own World:" Adaptive and Intensive Approaches to Communication Between Caregivers and People with Dementia

Sorelly Germosen

Under His Eye: Recreating Black History in The Handmaid's Tale

Cyruss Quaye and Paige Klemovage

Trump's Tweets and the Creation of a Spiral of Silence

Richard Paul Carroll and David Powers

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Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation
Students in front of a poster presentation

Social Media Analytics Strategic Hub (SMASH) officially opens at KU:

The SMASH is designed to supplement the new social media theory and strategy (SMS) major. Students will be able to minor in social media theory and strategy in the spring of 2019.

Experience the SMASH in 360

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Social Media Theory and Strategy Degrees

Kutztown University now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Media Theory and Strategy.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Diana Ebersole

Dr. Diana Ebersole speaks about the Interpersonal Communication track, her most recent research projects, and the role of communication for the job market.