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Communication Arts & Sciences Minor

This minor provides understanding and practice in the ways humans achieve their personal and career goals by means of communication. Students may choose any of the department's courses in interpersonal, family, intercultural, organizational, legal, technology, or rhetoric. This minor provides students with the theory and skills to understand the uses, evaluation, and structure of public policy and legal disputes; perception, meaning, and conflict; leadership, decision-making, and teamwork. In coordination with an adviser, a student of any major may tailor this minor to complement his or her educational and career goals. Students seeking careers in fields such as social, behavioral, medical, and media professions, public administration, business, law, information technology, public relations, and education will find that this minor provides them valuable knowledge, experiences, and skills to succeed in those professions.

Students intending to minor in Communication Arts & Sciences should schedule CAS 100 as early as possible in their college program after their freshman year.  CAS 100 may not be counted as part of the minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits

1. Select 3 credits from the following:

  • CAS 200 (GI), Language, Culture, and Communication
  • CAS 201 (GH), Rhetorical Theory
  • CAS 202 (GS), Communication Theory

 

2. Select 3 credits from the following:

  • CAS 203 (GS), Interpersonal Communication
  • CAS 211, Informative Speaking
  • CAS 213, Persuasive Speaking
  • CAS 214 (W), Speech Writing
  • CAS 215, Argumentation
  • CAS 250, Small Group Communication
  • CAS 252, Business and Professional Communication
  • CAS 271 (US;IL), Intercultural Communication
  • CAS 283, Communication and Information Technology I

 

3. Additional courses in Communication Arts & Sciences

  • (not to exceed 12 credits) selected according to the student's interests and career plans.  Be sure that at least 6 credits are at the 400 level.

 

*COMMUNICATION ARTS & SCIENCES 100, 126, 195 MAY NOT BE USED TO SATISFY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR.

Questions: contact the Undergraduate Officer, Dr. Peter Miraldi at pnm10@psu.edu

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