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.
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.
Skills for the Real World
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.
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.
Concentrations or Academic Tracks
- Interpersonal & Intercultural Communication Pathway
- Health Communication Pathway
- Organizational Communication Pathway
- Public Advocacy and Strategic Communication Pathway
CAS students may choose to participate in internships depending on 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.
Graduates from this degree program have completed internships at:
- Mock5 Design
- Habitat for Humanity
- Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
- The Greater Reading Economic Partnership
- Santander Arena
CAS students may choose to conduct research projects, depending on their curriculum and career goals. These types of experiences are highly encouraged.
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.
Students can pair the following programs with this degree program for a double major:
- Civic and Community Engagement
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Global Studies
- Information Sciences & Technology
- Writing and Digital Media
Communication Arts and Sciences prepares students for positions beyond the entry-level by providing necessary leadership and management skills. Students with a Communication Arts and Sciences degree can pursue careers in organizational communication, public advocacy and strategic communication, interpersonal, intercultural communication, and healthcare 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.
Graduates from this degree program have gotten jobs at:
- Hearst Magazines
- Food and Drug Administration
- Pepperidge Farm
- Prada Group
Graduates from this degree program have gone on to graduate school at:
- Villanova University
- Dickinson Law
- Temple University
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Munster