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Led by Dr. Marco Ehrl, 13 KU students were awarded scholarships from the commonwealth to participate in the Washington Center's academic seminar "Inside Washington" from Jan. 3 to Jan. 11, 2023. The students learned about hot-button issues in policy, media, business, and politics in a bipartisan environment. Our department was so excited to see that 10 of these students are majoring in either Communication Studies (COM) or Social Media Theory and Strategy (SMS).

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Congratulations to Dr. Marco Ehrl for successfully completing the ICM Crisis Communication Management Certification Course. Offered for almost 27 years, the ICM Certification Course prepares executives to lead during and after sudden and smoldering crises.

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Congratulations to the Lambda Pi Eta Class of 2021! Emily Witt, Samantha Labianca, Vivian Smith, Kate Baron, Li Ling Lee, and Alexis Rute are members of Kutztown's Communication Honor Society (Xi Chapter).

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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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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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Programs

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

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Events

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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Two students standing on either side in front of a poster presentation titled "tiger in the doghouse: the social demise of an icon."
Two students standing on either side in front of a poster presentation titled "Get off your phone!"
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Two students standing on either side in front of a poster presentation titled "how students connect with traditional and micro-celebrities through Instagram brands"
Student in front of a poster presentation titled "#Join WITI: Bringing life to women in Technology International's social media strategy."
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Two students standing on either side in front of a poster presentation titled "Donald Trump's tweets and the creation of a spiral of silence."

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.