Communication Arts and Sciences

Communication Arts and Sciences

The Communication Arts and Sciences program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the contemporary workplace. Today's business leaders identify their greatest need as people who can communicate clearly and effectively with external publics, such as customers and vendors, and with internal audiences, such as other company divisions. Strong communication skills are highly valued in the legal profession, health-related fields, and not-for-profit organizations.

This program is based on the seven skill groups that address workplace needs in the twenty-first century as identified by the American Society for Training and Development. Professional, academic, and faculty advisers work closely with each student to design a program and select courses that meet both degree and workplace requirements. With careful planning and course selection, students may also minor in Business or other academic areas.

Curriculum Overview

The core Communication Arts and Sciences requirements and interdisciplinary approach help students integrate knowledge from many perspectives, including:

  • Learning to learn
  • Reading, writing, and computation
  • Listening and oral communications
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Self-esteem, goal-setting, and motivation career 
development
  • Interpersonal relations/teamwork/negotiations
  • Organizational effectiveness/leadership

Internships and Research

Internships are designed to provide students with the opportunity to identify connections between their major 
in Communication Arts and Sciences and a possible
 career. Students have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to many types of internship positions, depending on interests and background. Internships are encouraged, but not required, and are usually completed during the 7th or 8th semester. Internships are usually taken for 3 credits and count toward Communication Arts and Sciences major requirements at the 400-level.

Complementary Minors and Certificates

Students who minor in one of the following disciplines find a strong overlap or complement to Communication Arts and Sciences:

  • Business
  • Civic and Community Engagement
  • English
  • International Studies

(Additional minors and certificate programs are also available.)

Graduation And Beyond

The Communication Arts and Sciences program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the contemporary workplace. Potential career opportunities include:

  • Business and Industry
  • Education
  • Government

Students may also choose to complete a degree at the master’s or doctorate level.


For additional program information, you may email Dr. Joshua Phillips, jdp5595@psu.edu, or call him at 610-892-1426.