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Undergraduate Studies

An intellectually challenging education.

From a department that spans the humanities and social sciences, CAS majors and minors learn to think critically, analyze public discourse, to understand empirical studies which test communication theories, argue persuasively, influence people, form and maintain relationships, and participate in civic life. CAS courses prepare students to thrive in an increasingly message-rich and interconnected world. In addition, our award-winning faculty members invite undergraduate students to work with them on research projects and welcome the opportunity to supervise honors students on their thesis research.

The CAS program equips students for success in the work force and graduate school. An undergraduate degree in CAS prepares students for careers in law, public affairs, sales, social science research, advocacy, market analysis, and human resources. CAS graduates are also prepared for graduate study in communication science or rhetoric as well as fields such as law, public policy, behavioral science, health and human services, human development, business, social work, and related fields. CAS majors and minors are able to fulfill their personal goals, succeed in their careers, and make a positive difference in our world.

The CAS major and minors are not designed as training programs in advertising, journalism, public relations, or media production; these courses are available in the College of Communication (COMM).

Briana Adams


CAS major and Schreyer Scholar Briana Adams is lauded in a Penn State News article for her passion and activism. We are proud to call her one of our own!


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Scott Hull

George M. Hayward