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Prospective Students

What is Communication Arts and Sciences?

In the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, you will find faculty committed to the art of communication who improve society’s understanding of communication through humanistic and social scientific research. Our faculty are inspired by their role in helping students to be more effective in the personal, professional, and public roles their futures have in store for them. Communication Arts and Sciences faculty and students are motivated by a shared interest in how communication facilitates human relations and makes a difference in our shared world. From a department that spans the humanities and social sciences, Communication Arts and Sciences majors learn to:

  • think critically,
  • analyze public discourse,
  • understand empirical studies that test communication theories,
  • argue persuasively,
  • influence people,
  • form and maintain relationships, and
  • participate in civic life.

Why Study Communication Arts and Sciences?

You might like this program if:

  • you want to learn to communicate effectively and to understand the influence a message may have on its audience;
  • you are curious, analytical, inquisitive, and engaged;
  • you want to learn the theories, methods, and practical tools to understand the roots of social conflict and to change them; and/or
  • you want to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to craft effective messages.

Introduction to Careers and Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) graduates are change makers: analysts, strategists, persuaders, facilitators, collaborators, connectors, and scholars. The CAS program equips students for success in the work force, graduate school, and civic life. CAS courses provide students the theories, methods, practical tools, and experiences to understand the roots of social conflict and the sources of well-being. CAS majors can make a positive difference in our society.

Potential Careers

An undergraduate degree in CAS prepares students for careers in: (two columns for webpage)

  • Academics
  • Law
  • Sales
  • Corporate communication
  • Health and human services
  • Community activism
  • Digital technology

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

CAS graduates are prepared for graduate study in many fields such as:

  • Communication science or rhetoric
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Behavioral science
  • Health and human services
  • Human development
  • Business
  • Social work
  • Related fields