Through studying human communication and the role it plays in diverse interpersonal, organizational, public, and intercultural settings, students in the Communications Arts and Science (CAS) degree program cultivate their oral and written communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
CAS majors and minors learn to communicate ethically and effectively, solve problems, think critically, obtain and process information, analyze data, argue persuasively, influence people, form and maintain relationships, and participate in civic life. Students study theoretical ideas, from both the humanities and social science tradition, to help them have a nuanced and layered understanding of human communication.
Upon completion of the degree program, students will have:
- An appreciation for the significance of communication in everyday experience and as a distinctive intellectual paradigm.
- An ability to understand, apply, critique, and extend communication concepts, principles, theories, and perspectives.
- Skill in communication inquiry, including humanistic and social scientific approaches.
- An ability to think logically, critically, creatively, and ethically about communication in decision-making and problem-solving.
- Competency at generating and performing messages appropriate to their audience, purpose and context.
- An ability to locate, synthesize, and assimilate new information from a variety of sources and use it to inform communication analysis and practice.
- The interest, understanding, and capacity to engage diverse communities, both local and global, and to function as a member of a deliberative society.
Complementary Minors and Certificates
CAS majors are encouraged to complete a minor to complement their degree program. The following academic minors are suggested; however, depending upon a student’s career goals, other minors may also be a recommended option:
- Civic and Community Engagement
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Global Studies
- Information Sciences & Technology
- Writing and Digital Media
Internships, Research, and Application
CAS students may choose to participate in internships and/or conduct research projects, depending upon their curriculum and career goals. These types of experiences are highly encouraged.
Internships can be obtained during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Up to three credits of internship may be applied to a student’s degree program. Internships enable a student to apply classroom learning in an organizational setting.
Additionally, some students may choose to conduct highly specific, original, research projects either in an independent or a collaborative role. Students often present their research projects at local, regional, and national conferences.
The flexibility of the Communication Arts and Science degree provides many different opportunities in employment because it combines a broad liberal arts degree with practical skills.
Many students wonder what career paths they may follow after graduation. Communication Arts and Sciences prepares students for positions beyond the entry-level by providing necessary leadership and management skills. Students with a Communications Arts and Sciences degree can pursue careers in organizational communication, public advocacy and strategic communication, interpersonal, intercultural communication, and health communication.
Communication Arts and Sciences students may be interested in:
- communication careers in agencies, corporate and non-profit organizations.
- management, sales, entrepreneurial, human resources, or a training and development careers;
- professions in governmental, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and non-profit agencies;
- jobs in political consulting, lobbying, and public communication offices;
- pursing graduate school or law school;
- careers in social services, health care, education, international relations and public policy.
The Communication Arts and Sciences program equips students for success in the work force, graduate school, and civic life. Communication Arts and Sciences courses provide students the theories, methods, practical tools, and experiences to make a positive difference in our society.