Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Prospective Students

Prospective Students

What is Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)?

Communication Arts and Sciences is the study of human communication. The department is full of faculty who improve society’s understanding of communication through humanistic and social scientific research. We want to inspire 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 the world.

Why should I major in Communication Arts and Sciences?

Our students 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.

You might like Communication Arts and Sciences 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.
  • You want to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to craft effective messages.

What are my career options with a Communication Arts and Sciences degree?

Communication Arts and Sciences graduates are analysts, strategists, persuaders, facilitators, collaborators, connectors, and scholars. The program equips students for success in the workforce, graduate school, and civic life. Many graduates go onto fields in areas such as:

  • Academics
  • Law
  • Sales
  • Corporate Communication
  • Health and Human services
  • Community Activism
  • Digital Technology

Opportunities for Graduate Study

Our program provides students with theories, methods, practical tools, and experiences to understand the roots of social conflict and the sources of well-being. These are wonderful primers to many graduate programs, including but not limited to:

  • Communication Science or Rhetoric
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Behavioral Science
  • Health and Human Services
  • Human Development
  • Business
  • Social Work