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Becoming a CAS Major/Minor

Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the program that provides its students with the skills and insights most desired by employers. Communication skills, cultural sensitivity, ability to do quantitative and qualitative analysis, adaptability, ability to lead and to follow, ability to value others’ opinions and to inspire them are all fundamental to the CAS curriculum. Students who graduate with a CAS degree go on to pursue careers in a wide range of professional fields including law, government, business, health and human services, and media. Many also pursue graduate degrees.

CAS is led by nationally and internationally renowned faculty. This means that our majors can take small classes with access to leading thinkers and researchers in their discipline. In fact, one of the most commonly expressed sentiments of our majors is their appreciation for the relationships they’ve built with their professors.

Finally, we like to think our students are some of the brightest and most versatile people you’ll ever meet. Their accomplishments, creativity, and awards are shining examples of the tools and support CAS provides its students.

CAS Degrees - Majors

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: Min: 54 Credits

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 Credits

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences
Prescribed Courses – 3 credits each

CAS 201 (GH)

CAS 202 (GS)

CAS 204

Additional Courses

Select one of the following 3-credit “skills” courses:

CAS 203 (GS)

CAS 205

CAS 211

CAS 213

CAS 214W

CAS 215

CAS 250

CAS 252

CAS 271 (US; IL)

CAS 280W

CAS 283

Select one of the following 3-credit, 300-level courses:

CAS 302 (GS)

CAS 311

CAS 321

CAS 352

CAS 373

CAS 375

CAS 383

CAS 398

CAS 399 (IL)

Supporting Courses

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, CAS 100, CAS 137, CAS 138, and CAS 195 may not be counted as part of the major.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences
Prescribed Courses – 3 credits each

CAS 201 (GH), CAS 202 (GS), CAS 204

Additional courses

Select one of the following 3-credit “skills” courses:

CAS 203 (GS),

CAS 205

CAS 211

CAS 213

CAS 214W

CAS 215

CAS 250

CAS 252

CAS 271 (US; IL)

CAS 280W

CAS 283

Select one of the following 3-credit, 300-level courses:

CAS 302 (GS)

CAS 311

CAS 321

CAS 352

CAS 373

CAS 375

CAS 383

CAS 398

CAS 399 (IL)

Supporting Courses

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, CAS 100, CAS 137, CAS 138, and CAS 195 may not be counted as part of the major.

Methodology Courses

Select 12 credits in quantification from the following list:

MATH – 018, 110, 111, 140, 141, 211, 318, 319

STAT – 100, 200, 301, 318, 319, 401, 414, 416, 418, 440, 460, 461, 462, 464, 466, 470, 480, 482, 483

Substitutions may be made with the written permission of a faculty adviser.

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Becoming a Major

To become a major, students must have a minimum of third semester classification and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students who meet entry-to-major criteria may apply using LionPATH’s Update Academics function.  A student who wishes to enter a major with Administrative Enrollment Controls will use LionPATH’s Update Academics to request entrance to the major. To participate in this process, students will actively request entrance to administratively controlled majors when they are within an established credit window, have completed specified courses, and have earned the stated grade-point average.

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CAS Degrees – Minors

Becoming a Minor

A minor can be declared after you attain third-semester classification or after you have been accepted into a major. To declare a minor offered through CAS, use Lionpath, Update Academics

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