For the bachelor of arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences (formerly known as Speech Communication), a minimum of 124 credits is required in the following areas:

The program is based on the following seven skills groups that address workplace needs in the twenty-first century as identified by The American Society for Training and Development.
  • Learning to Learn:
    Courses in education and psychology
  • Reading, Writing, and Computation:
    Courses in reading, writing, math, and statistics
  • Listening and Oral Communication:
    Courses in music and speech communication
  • Creative Thinking/Problem Solving:
    Courses in philosophy, art, and speech communication
  • Self-Esteem/Goal-Setting/Motivation Career Development:
    Courses in psychology, management, speech communication, and career counseling
  • Interpersonal Relations/Teamwork/Negotiation:
    Courses in psychology, management, speech communication, and career counseling
  • Organizational Effectiveness/Leadership:
    Courses in speech communication, psychology, sociology, and management


Program Requirements
Recommended Academic Plan

  • General Education: 45 credits
    • Basic Skills: 15 credits
      • Writing/Speaking and Quantification
    • Health Education and Exercise Science: 4 credits
    • Distribution component: 27 credits
      • Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
  • Degree Requirements: 12 to 24 credits
    • Foreign Language, Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Non-Western Cultures
  • Major Requirements: 30 credits
    Communication Arts and Sciences
    A Four-Year B.A. Degree Program Offered at Penn State Brandywine

    Major Requirements: (All courses are 3 credits each)

    PRESCRIBED COURSES: Core courses required for all majors (9 credits):

    CAS 201: Rhetorical Theory
    CAS 202: Communication Theory
    CAS 204: Communication Research Methods

    SKILLS COURSE: Select one course from the following list (3 credits):

    CAS 203: Interpersonal Communication
    CAS 250: Small Group Communication
    CAS 252: Professional and Business Communication
    300-LEVEL CAS COURSE (3 credits)
    CAS 352: Organizational Communication

    (15 Credits: 12 credits at the 400 level; 3 credits at either 300- or 400-level)

    CAS 402: Speech and Human Behavior
    CAS 403: Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research
    CAS 415: Rhetoric of Film and Television
    CAS 450W: Group Communication Theory and Research
    CAS 452 or 452W: Organizational Communication Theory and Research
    CAS 455: Gender Roles in Communication
    CAS 470: Nonverbal Communication
    CAS 471: Intercultural Communication Theory and Research
    CAS 495: Internship

    Communication Arts and Sciences

    CAS 200: Language, Culture, and Communication. Introduction to language, language development, cultural literacy, culture, and intercultural communication

    CAS 201: Rhetorical Theory. History and theory of public advocacy and civic discourse.

    CAS 202: Communication Theory. Survey of human communication studies in relational, interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, health, technology and mass communication systems.

    CAS 203: Interpersonal Communication. Explore aspects of competent communication and learn the skills necessary to manage friend, romantic, family, and professional relationships.

    CAS 204: Communication Research Methods. On overview of the skills necessary to evaluate numeric and text-based communication research. There is an applied emphasis on increasing student skills as a critical consumer of commonly reported data such as opinion polls and employee assessments.

    CAS 205: Voice and Its Use. Emphasis on procedures to improve vocal effectiveness in personal and professional communication.

    CAS 250: Small Group Communication. Participation in decision-making groups. Emphasis on skills of group discussion, leadership, teamwork, organization, and evaluation.

    CAS 252: Business and Professional Communication. Interviewing, briefing, conferring, and decision making; analyzing and evaluating formal and informal patterns of communication in organizations.

    CAS 321: Rhetoric and Law. A survey of the literature on the role of persuasion in law, including trial advocacy, appellate argument, and judicial reasoning.

    CAS 352: Organizational Communication. This course examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.

    CAS 402: Speech and Human Behavior. Introduction to general semantics, thought, and human behavior.

    CAS 403: Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research. Examining behavior within interpersonal encounters, with an emphasis on both theoretical and applied explanations for how and why people act during such interactions.

    CAS 415: Rhetoric of Film and Television. Rhetorical analysis of the artistic forms and cultural structures of film and television; intensive study of selected examples.

    CAS 450W: Group Communication Theory and Research. Selected theories of problem solving through group discussion, emphasizing participation and leadership.

    CAS 452 and 452W: Organizational Communication Theory and Research. Explores the nature and functions of communication in organizations; emphasis on writing and exploring concepts, tools, and skills for effective management of communication.

    CAS 455: Gender Roles in Communication. Explores the literature on gender research in the discipline of human communication.

    CAS 470: Nonverbal Communication. Examines the ways in which nonverbal messages, such as gestures, posture, vocal intonation, and facial expressions, affect us on a daily basis.

    CAS 471: Intercultural Communication Theory and Research. Explores intercultural and cross-cultural communication research theory and practice as applied within and across national boundaries.

    CAS 495: Internship. Directed and supervised practicum in professional setting.

    Electives: 25 credits Previous college credits that do not meet the criteria in general education, degree, or major requirements can be used as electives.