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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communication Arts and Sciences

Abington College (CASAB)
Berks College (CASBL)
University College (CASCC): Penn State Brandywine, Penn State York
University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (CAS)

Contacts: Abington College, Tom Smith, trs8@psu.edu; Berks College, Catherine Catanach, cdc18@psu.edu; Penn State Brandywine, Wayne McMullen, wjm11@psu.edu; Penn State Fayette, Deborah Eicher-Catt, dle4@psu.edu; College of the Liberal Arts, Peter Miraldi, pnm10@psu.edu

 

This major provides increased understanding and practice in the ways humans use symbols to influence people and the world around them. The ability to communicate effectively with others in personal, social, work and multicultural situations is essential in modern society. A student of Communication Arts and Sciences will learn to think critically, analyze and solve problems, understand and manage conflict, argue persuasively, influence people, form and keep relationships, give effective presentations, and participate in the civic and political life of a community. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers such as administration, law, business, health, and human services fields. A CAS degree also lends itself well to a concurrent degree program in which students prepare themselves in several fields of study.

For the B.A. degree in Communication Arts and Sciences, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 25 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CAS 201 GH(3), CAS 202 GS(3), CAS 204(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits of skills courses from CAS 203 GS(3), CAS 205(3), CAS 211(3), CAS 213(3), CAS 214W(3), CAS 215(3), CAS 216(2), CAS 250(3), CAS 252(3), CAS 271 US;IL(3), CAS 280W(3), or CAS 283(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits of 300-level courses from CAS 302(2), CAS 311(3), CAS 321(3), CAS 352(3), CAS 373(3), CAS 375(3), CAS 383(3), CAS 398(1-9), CAS 399 IL(1-12) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of other CAS courses; at least 12 credits must be at the 400 level. A maximum of 6 credits from CAS 494, 495, 496, and 499(IL) may satisfy this requirement. CAS 126(3) and CAS 195(1) may not be counted as part of the major (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-06-118

Review Date: 04/13/2010

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