Communication Arts and Sciences, Minor

Program Code: CAS_UMNR

Program Description

This minor in Communication Arts and Sciences allows students maximum curricular flexibility to supplement their primary courses of study and prepare for their careers after graduation. Students who earn this minor will acquire highly desired skills and insights in the areas of communication strategy, group dynamics, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and more. These skills and insights may be applicable in such fields as business, health, law, public advocacy, and many others.

In these ways, the minor valuably supplements many primary undergraduate degrees throughout the university. Knowledge of, and training in, practices of human communication can significantly enhance one's ability to succeed in virtually any academic, professional, civic, or interpersonal setting. Finally, most undergraduate courses in Communication Arts and Sciences are certified for General Education credit, so students can quickly attain a valuable minor while earning General Education credits at the same time.

What is Communications Arts and Sciences?

Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) is committed to the study, teaching, and practice of human communication for the betterment of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Using methods and theories that span the humanities and social sciences, we create knowledge about the role of communication in diverse interpersonal, communal, national, international, and cultural settings. Our research is integral to our educational mission: to promote greater understanding of and facility with oral, written, and nonverbal communication.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You want to supplement your primary degree by learning about the importance of human communication from either social scientific and humanistic perspectives.
  • You want to learn how to craft effective messages for different audiences.
  • You want to develop analytic and critical thinking skills in order to understand how messages influence audiences.
  • You want to acquire theories, methods, and practical tools of communication to help advance your professional or civic goals.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 101NIntroduction to Human Communication Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Interpersonal Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Landmark Speeches on Democracy and Dissent Keystone/General Education Course
Argumentation Keystone/General Education Course
Persuasion Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 additional credits from any 200-level CAS course3
Select 6 additional credits from any 300- or 400-level CAS course (excluding CAS 493, CAS 494, CAS 495, CAS 496, or CAS 499)6
Note: CAS 100, CAS 126, or CAS 195 may not be counted as part of the minor.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Abington

Roy Robson
Division Head, Division of Arts and Humanities
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7466
rrr5237@psu.edu

Brandywine

Kimberly Blockett
Associate Professor of English
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA  19063
610-892-1376
kdb13@psu.edu

Berks

Jill Burk
Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Franco 148
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6094
BKCommArtSci@psu.edu

York

Joe Downing
Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
214 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4131
jrd24@psu.edu

Career Paths

CAS students are change makers: analysts, strategists, persuaders, facilitators, collaborators, connectors, and scholars. The CAS minor serves as a valuable supplement to a wide array of majors, and helps to equip students for success in the work force, graduate school, and civic life. CAS courses provide students with the theories, methods, practical tools, and experiences to understand the roots of social conflict and the sources of well-being.

Careers

A Minor in CAS prepares students for post-graduate success by demonstrating that they have sought a rigorous and diverse understanding of communication practices beyond their primary courses of study. The applied communication focus of this minor can benefit graduates in careers that prioritize an ability to communicate effectively, including business, government, health and human services, human development, law, public relations, sales, and more.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A MINOR IN COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A Minor in CAS also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in either communication science or rhetoric, as well as fields such as business, health and human services, human development, public policy, social work, and more.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3461
sas519@psu.edu

https://cas.la.psu.edu/

Abington

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7466
rrr5237@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/person/roy-r-robson

Berks

DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Franco Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6094
BKCommArtSci@psu.edu

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA  19063
610-892-1376
kdb13@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/communication-arts-and-sciences-minor

York

214 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4131
jrd24@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/minors