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COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES AT MSU DENVER

"The art of communication is the language of leadership." -James Humes

Whichever career you choose to pursue, you won’t succeed if you can’t communicate effectively. Verbal and nonverbal communication are essential qualities in leadership roles and team settings. Effective communicators even have the ability to sculpt public opinion and transform societal influences. We can’t teach you how to be the president, but we can teach you how to communicate like one.

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences is dedicated to excellence in instruction and best practices. Our expert professors have been churning out quality professionals for decades, adapting to the rapid changes in media that have affected our curriculum. Our graduates enter the workforce with the ability to succeed in a variety of industries such as government, education, banking, journalism, small business and everything else in between.

The ability to speak and write clearly and eloquently is an in-demand skill for many employers. This might explain why the study of communication is one of the fastest-growing disciplines at colleges and universities across the country, but this isn’t a new phenomenon to us. And as our successful graduates can tell you, this course of study will leave you primed to find the ideal place and medium in which to make your mark.



“I had previously been to other universities, but nowhere else compared to the compassion and support I found in the faculty here. My professors believed in me, even when I didn’t. They took the time to get to know me as a person and constantly stretched my limits. They have helped make so many things possible in my life."

Stuart Kemmer, former student

Analyst, Training & Product Development Specialist, HUMANeX Ventures


Career Prospects

Here’s where a B.A. in Communication Studies might take you:
Advertising, business, nonprofits, health care, broadcasting, government, international relations, law, and social and human services.

Here's where a B.A. in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences might take you:
Education, community clinics, health care, rehabilitation centers, private practice and much more.


“Every member of our faculty truly believes communication defines what it means to be human. And teaching the theories and philosophies behind this compelling topic is our way of sharing our fascination with the intricacies of human communication.”

Karen Lollar, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences


Our Communication Studies Program Options


Our Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Program Options


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Breaking Down Bias to Build a Better Campus

What are micro-agressions?  Click here to learn what they are, how to identify them and what MSU Denver is doing to combat them!  Then watch this video by Met Media featuring Dr. Katia Campbell and many other employees of MSU Denver discussing micro-agressions!


The Professor's Room: Rich Kessel

Check out this great series from the Early Bird featuring our very own Rich Kessel!  Learn what he does in his spare time on campus and all about his Prosche obsession!  Oh and guess what?  He is related to Kurt Cobain!   Kessel has a very unique and interesting office so click here to read the article!


Checkout One of Our Awesome Affiliates, Lynn Wismann!

Get to know Lynn Wismann!  She teaches American Sign Language on both the main campus and the South campus.  Lynn has been teaching ASL at MSU Denver for nearly two decades!  Click here to learn more about her story!


Misadventures of a Systemic Bacterial Infection - Dr. Lundy

Did you miss Dr. Ludy's presentation at the 2018 NSSLHA End of Year Social, Catherine Curran Lecture Series? Click Here to watch a video of her presentation or read a summary of her amazing story and find out what has been going in her life since last Thanksgiving!


Spring 2018 Commencement!

Click here to see a list of all 80 Communication Arts and Sciences majors that graduated on May 11th, 2018 during the Spring Commencement! 


Come see what our CAS students did at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference!

We had 29 students from the Communication Arts and Sciences Department participate in the 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference this year!  Click here to see a highlight on Dr. Huddy's students from his Interpersonal Communication class as, well as a complete list of all our students that participated!  Go CAS!


Center for Teaching, Learning and Design

“In grad school, I imagined professors had lunch with each other three times a week to talk about teaching, but that’s not the reality when you enter the professoriate,” said Jeff Loats, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design.

Sound familiar? Click here to find out how you can help lead a Faculty Learning Community next year to help support discussions like these!


Why can't men and women just be friends?

Check out Asst Professor Mike Monsour, PhD, as he addresses this age old question on Ontario Today