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Communication Arts and Sciences

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (CASBS)

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 prpeare themselves in several fields of study.

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

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education course selection)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 54 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits) [1]
CAS 201 GH(3), CAS 202 GS(3), CAS 204(3)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits) [1]
Select 3 credits of CAS courses at the 200 level, in addition to the required courses.
Select 3 credits of CAS courses at the 300 level.

SUPPORTING COURSES (39 credits) [1]
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.
Select 12 credits in quantification from department list. Substitutions may be made with the written permission of the faculty adviser.
Select 12 credits in related disciplines from departmental list of approved courses. Substitions may be made with the written permission of the faculty adviser.

[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 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-043

Review Date: 4/5/2016

 

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