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Majors and Minors

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS). Communication Studies students may choose an emphasis in Broadcasting, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric, Ethics & Social Justice, and Strategic Relationship Maintenance.

Students pursuing their BA degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences (SLHS) have the option of declaring a concentration in Childhood Communication. Students may also earn an SLHS leveling certificate or a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) certificate.

Several minors are offered, including Communication Studies, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, and Digital Media (in collaboration with the departments of  Art and Journalism & Technical Communication). With this collection, students have the opportunity to customize their own college experiences to meet their career goals.

  • The Communication Arts and Sciences Department offers BA degrees in Organizational Communication, Rhetoric, Ethics & Social Justice and Strategic Relationship Maintenance. Students may also minor in Communication Studies.
  • The Speech, Language, Hearing Science (SLHS) program offers a BA degree with the option of a concentration in Childhood Communication. Students may also minor in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences. This program also offers two certificates: SLHS leveling and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate (SLPA).

Career options in the field of communication

The study of communication is a rapidly growing discipline within colleges and universities across the United States.  Communication is a skill that is in high demand and the CAS Department can help you achieve the communication skills necessary to succeed in today‚Äôs competitive job market.  Below is a list of some of the career opportunities available to students with a degree in communication.  Some careers may require additional schooling.

See Where CAS Graduates are Now 


  • Advertising or marketing specialist
  • Creative director
  • Media planner
  • Media sales representative
  • Social networking specialist

Business and Nonprofit

  • Manager or executive director
  • Human resources manager
  • Community organizer
  • Technical writer
  • Diversity trainer

Communication and Health Care

  • Medical grants writer
  • Health care administrator
  • Health personnel educator
  • Health care counselor

Media Related Occupations

  • TV or radio performer/announcer
  • News and community relations manager
  • Writer

Government / Politics

  • Campaign director
  • Legislative assistant
  • Elected official
  • Speech writer
  • Lobbyist

International Relations and Negotiations

  • Non-governmental organization representative
  • Translator
  • Diplomat / foreign service
  • Student tour coordinator


  • Legal secretary
  • Mediation and negotiation specialist
  • Attorney
  • Legal researcher

Social and Human Services

  • Community affairs liaison
  • Social worker
  • Religious leader
  • Public administrator