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The face of communications is constantly changing. The Communications Program in the Shields School of Business embraces this change by integrating websites, blogs, social media and state-of-the-art technology into our program. Students who graduate from our program are prepared for the diverse landscape of today’s professional world.

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    Our Communications curriculum is comprehensive and our graduates are skilled in all facets of the profession. They develop technical skills in Desktop Publishing, Web Design and Digital Editing classes. They build strategic skills in Public Relations, Advertising and Social Media Strategies courses. 


    Our students develop their skills in state-of-the-art facilities. In our media lab and television studio, they produce, design and edit content for video, web and print. They work on the staff of our campus newspaper; they work behind the scenes and on air with our Division I athletics teams; they become Communications professionals. 


    Our students gain experience in Communications through internships on campus, in industry, and around the globe. Our students have interned with collegiate and professional sports teams, international fashion companies and regional and national publications. They present their work at academic conferences and consult with professional organizations. 


    At Saint Francis, you will become a Communications professional prepared to make an impact. We will provide the education you need for success and facilitate networking opportunities with professionals in the field. 

    • Communications Program Chair
      Dr. Kelly Rhodes 
      p. 814.472.3379

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      Majors & Minors




      Social Media Strategies introduces students to the strategic use of digital and social media platforms within the communications industry. This convergence course requires students to utilize various social media techniques to interact with audiences across various business,  journalism and public relations fields.

      Multi-Platform Storytelling affords students the opportunity to develop communications messages across a range of media platforms. Students sharpen their writing, design, editing and production skills while creating content for use within multiple media environments. 

      Field InterviewSports Reporting introduces students to the fundamentals of sports writing and broadcasting, as well as  careers in athletic media relations. Students develop the skills and abilities to produce and package sports content for today's convergent media environment. They are also introduced to sports broadcasting, statistical analysis and event management.

      Internship Credits are built into the major so students gain "real-world" experience and complete their studies at the same time.

      Career Opportunities

      Graduates of our Communications program are prepared to find success in a wide array of media and communications fields.  Graduates of our program have moved on to a variety of careers in the industry, including advertising, broadcasting, corporate communication, journalism and public relations. Saint Francis Communications majors interested in continuing their education following their undergraduate studies have advanced to graduate schools across the country.

      Here are some of the career paths you may choose to pursue:

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      • Print Journalism
      • Photojournalism
      • Videography
      • Event Planning
      • Public Relations
      • TV/Radio/Internet
      • Media Relations
      • Magazines
      • Graphic Design
      • Desktop Publishing
      • Film Industry
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        Combating COVID-19 with Licensing Reform

        Director Dr. Edward Timmons, Legislative Research Analyst Ethan Bayne, and Research Analyst Conor Norris continue to compile a policy brief outlining the emergency occupational licensing reforms implemented by states for combating COVID-19. Visit our website for our April 15th revisions. 

      • SFU Alum Combines Nursing Career with Military Service

        Thanks to Saint Francis University's military-friendly options, Sarah was able to graduate from the top Nursing program in the nation and become a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army through IUP's elite ROTC Warrior Battalion program.  

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      • NYC 2020

        CSOR and Shields School of Business Travel to NYC

        CSOR team members, Shields School of Business faculty, and 21 students within the Shields School of Business traveled to New York City from Thursday 2/20 to Saturday 2/22 to take an exclusive guided tour of the New York Stock Exchange and connect with SFU alumni.

        The students also had the opportunity to meet Chris Conroy, Class of 1984 and Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS Financial, and Caleb Brantner, Class of 2014 and Senior Associate at the Citadel.

        The trip was funded by the Dr. Albert A Zanzuccki Chair in Business Administration.

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        The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation is happy to announce our newest research affiliate, Dr. Maria Koumenta. Dr. Koumenta is an Assistant Professor of Labor Economics at Queen Mary University of London. She is an expert on occupational regulation, currently leading research in the EU and UK, and will now serve as the CSOR Senior Research Affiliate. 

        Learn more about Dr. Koumenta here >

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        CSOR Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs Emily Vargo (left) assisted Miss. Gibson (right) throughout the summer in conducting research on her poster topic: Assessing the Effects of Occupational Licensing Regulation on Optician Dispensing Growth Rates Across the U.S

        Miss. Gibson presented her research at the 9th annual SFU Student Research Day. After completing research and entering the information into our database, Miss. Gibson formulated a poster to present. 

        Dr. Edward Timmons wrote an article on optician licensing in the United States. 

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        CSOR's Veteran Survey Goes Live

        The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation transitions into year two of the PA project with the U.S. Department of Labor, studying the effects occupational licensing has on veteran and military spouses.

        In order to access and gather data, the Center developed an IRB-approved survey. The goal of the survey is to help the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania distinguish the needs of servicemen and servicewomen, and their spouses, as it pertains to occupational licensing. 

        The survey will be distributed throughout the Commonwealth, asking questions to determine any barriers of employment for veterans and military spouses. After the completion of the survey, an academic and impartial recommendation will be made. 

        If you are a veteran or a military spouse and are interested in our survey, please visit our website or take the survey here


      • Veteran Discussion

        DePasquale Hosts Open Discussion on Veteran Workforce

        CSOR Director Edward Timmons and VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations Alanna Wilson attended the roundtable discussion that focused on the Veteran workforce barriers. The Auditor General DePasquale hosted the open forum at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. 

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        10th Annual Poster Session

        The Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University held the Dr. Albert Zanzuccki Endowed Chair 10th Annual Spring Poster Session on April 15, 2019. Twenty undergraduates and graduate students presented academic research at this year's event, six of which were CSOR members. Students conducted and presented innovative research on topics related to business, marketing analytics, human resources and economics for the Saint Francis community to enjoy. 

        This poster session, organized by Emily Vargo, Director of Policy Research and Academic Programs for CSOR, had the highest student participation rate in its 10 years.  


      • CSOR Receives VALLO Grant to Help Veterans Earn Degrees

        The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation has received a 3-year, 1 million dollar grant under the Veteran's Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations (VALLO). The grant will allow Saint Francis University to launch the Veterans Acceleration Learning Program (VALP). The VALLO grant, and the previously awarded 3-year DOL project, will allow CSOR to better examine and spread research of military portability, skill set transferring, and the demographic data of PA licenses. 

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