CAS graduates are change makers: analysts, strategists, persuaders, facilitators, collaborators, connectors, and scholars. CAS courses provide students with the theories, methods, practical tools, and experiences to understand the roots of social conflict and to change them.
The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences 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 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.
What career planning resources are available for students?
The job market is always changing. Some jobs did not even exist a decade ago, such as an app developer, a market research data miner, or a social media manager. CAS students have multiple resources available to them to discover the right careers after graduation.
- The Career Enrichment Network is a resource for Liberal Arts students who are seeking opportunities to engage in career-related, international, and professional development activities.
- You can connect to thousands of internship and research opportunities through Network Symplicity. They can help you to plan and fun learning or working in another country.
- Through the Mentor Program, students can access the largest alumni network in the world.
- Students can learn more about their own strengths, and explore careers that match those strengths StrengthsFinder®.
- Students looking for guidance with cover letters, mock interviews, and more can take LA 401 "Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student" for 1 credit. LA 401 is offered every semester.
Who has hired our CAS majors after graduation?
A major in Communication Arts and Sciences has a wide variety of career options. Here’s a sample of where CAS majors are working after graduation:
Accenture, ADP, American Association for Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, Bank of America, Becker Professional Education, Boeing, Capital One, Concord Hospitality Enterprises, CRA, Cvent, Epsilon, Fidelity Investments, F.N.B. Corporation, Grant Thornton LLC, Grey Group, Groupon, John's Hopkins Carey School of Business, Lockheed Martin, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Mary Washington Healthcare, multiple law firms, NJ Dept of Labor and Workforce Development, Pershing, Political Director for US Senator, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PNC Financial Services Group, Towers Watson, US Air Force, US Army, US Government–Department of Health & Human Services, Wells Fargo, Vanguard, Verizon Wireless, WESCO Distribution
Over the years, CAS graduates have become successful entrepreneurs and consultants, as well as the counsel for public affairs at a U.S. embassy, vice presidents for AOL/Time Warner, MBNA Marketing Systems, and Mellon Bank, the director of U.S. markets for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Coca Cola, political directors for U.S. politicians, the manager of human relations at Universal Studios, a corporate communications specialist for Sony Corporation, and research and policy analysts for multiple US government agencies.
Where can I learn about CAS Alumni?
Here are just a few alumni of the CAS undergraduate program who have shared their story. If you are a CAS alum, we’d love to add your name to this list! Just complete this form to share news of your career after CAS.
Are CAS courses relevant for a future in law?
Yes. We have a number of students who go onto law school and have successful careers in the legal profession. Courses that may be particularly useful for students interested in law include:
- 215 Argumentation
- 302 Social Influence
- 321 Rhetoric and Law
- 375 Rhetoric and Public Controversy
- 404 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
- 426W Communication Ethics
- 497a Interpersonal Influence
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education touts benefits of training in rhetoric for law students.