Communication Arts and Sciences

Communication Arts and Sciences BA
Communication Arts and Sciences is committed to the study, teaching, and practice of human communication for the betterment of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Using methods and theories that span the humanities and social sciences, we create knowledge about the role of communication in diverse interpersonal, communal, national, international, and cultural settings. Our research is integral to our educational mission: to promote greater understanding of and facility with oral, written, and nonverbal communication.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

Degree Options

  • BA option: Foundations, Scholarship, and Practice
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Journalism

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You want to learn about the importance of human communication from a scientific perspective.
  • You want to learn how to craft effective messages for different types of audiences.
  • You want to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze data in order to understand how messages influence audiences.
  • You want to acquire theories, methods, and practical tools to understand the roots of social conflict and help change them through improved practices of communication.


  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Rhetoric and Law
  • Intercultural Communication

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • Capitol Advocates
  • Altria
  • Pittbsurgh Steelers
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Ally Bank
  • Deloitte
  • Highmark Health
Students in CAMS/HIST 199 Roman Cities at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy in June 2022

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Law school
  • MBA
  • Graduate school to study clinical psychology, education theory, human resources, human rights, marketing communicaiton research, public administration, and international affairs
Communications, Consulting, Education, Government, Human Resources, Management, Research, Service, Social Justice and Advocacy

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This program is housed in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
 at Penn State University Park.
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