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Undergraduate Studies

An intellectually challenging, Liberal Arts 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 that test communication theories, argue persuasively, influence people, form and maintain relationships, and participate in civic life.

CAS students are curious, analytical, inquisitive, and engaged. CAS faculty and students are motivated by a shared curiosity as to how communication makes human relations possible and how it makes a difference in society.

CAS graduates are change makers: analysts, strategists, persuaders, facilitators, collaborators, connectors, and scholars. The CAS program equips students for success in the work force and graduate school. An undergraduate degree in CAS prepares students for careers in academics, law, public affairs, sales, social science research, advocacy, market analysis, and human resources. CAS courses provide students the theories, methods, practical tools, and experiences to understand the roots of social conflict and to change them.

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