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The CAS Major and Minors

This major provides increased understanding and practice in the ways humans use symbols to influence people and the world around them. The ability to communicate effectively with others in personal, social, work and multicultural situations is essential in modern society. A student of Communication Arts and Sciences will learn to think critically, analyze and solve problems, understand and manage conflict, argue persuasively, influence people, form and keep relationships, give effective presentations, and participate in the civic and political life of a community. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers such as administration, law, business, health, and human services fields. A CAS degree also lends itself well to a concurrent degree program in which students prepare themselves in several fields of study.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: (Min: 54 Max: 56 Credits)

 

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: (30 Credits)

 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences


 A.    PRESCRIBED COURSES: CAS 201 GH(3), CAS 202 GS(3), CAS 204 (3)

 

  1. B.     ADDITIONAL COURSES
  • Select 3 credits of skills courses from CAS 203 GS(3), CAS 205(3), CAS 211(3), CAS 213(3), CAS 214W(3), CAS 215(3), CAS 216(2), CAS 250(3), CAS 252(3), CAS 271 US;IL(3), CAS 280W(3), or CAS 283(3) (Sem: 3-8)
  • Select 3 credits of 300-level courses from CAS 302(2), CAS 311(3), CAS 321(3), CAS 352(3), CAS 373(3), CAS 375(3), CAS 383(3), CAS 398(1-9), CAS 399 IL(1-12)

 

  1. C.    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(3) and CAS 195(1) may not be counted as part of the major

 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences

 A.    PRESCRIBED COURSES: CAS 201 GH(3), CAS 202 GS(3), CAS 204 (3)

 B.     ADDITIONAL COURSES

  • Select 3 credits of CAS courses at the 200 level, in addition to the required courses. [222,253,272]
  • Select 3 credits of CAS courses at the 300 level. [315, 340, 390]

 

 C.    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(3) and CAS 195(1) may not be counted as part of the major

 

  1. D.    METHODOLOGY COURSES (12 Credits)
  • Select 12 credits in quantification from department list. Department list includes courses in MATH (018, 110, 111, 140, 141, 211, 318, 319) and Statistics (100, 200, 301, 318, 319, 401, 414, 415, 416, 418, 440, 460, 4661, 462, 464, 466, 470, 480, 482, 483). Substitutions may be made with the written permission of the faculty adviser.

 

What minors does CAS offer?

There are a variety of minors housed by CAS.  They serve as great supplements to a wide array of majors.  To add a minor, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain an Entrance to a Minor form any advising office, and complete all parts of the form.
  2. Read the minor page carefully to ensure that you have selected required and recommended courses.
  3. Meet with your Major advisor to review your form.
  4. After your form is complete, have your advisor sign the form.
  5. Drop the form off in the main office (234 Sparks).
You can explore these links to learn about the minors offered through the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences.

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