Major Information

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication focuses on teaching students how communication processes create, maintain and transform identities, relationships, workplaces and communities.


We offer courses that provide students with the tools to understand, analyze and respond to communication problems and opportunities in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal relationships, workplace teams, and community, civic and cultural groups.


Our courses cover such topics as interpersonal and family communication, communication in organizational life, strategic communication in a global world, conflict and negotiation, the impact of gender, race and class on communication, intercultural communication, persuasion and social influence, rhetoric and public discourse, the influence of performance on our individual and community identities, and the role of technology on interpersonal, organizational and cultural communication.


Graduates of our program are equipped to pursue careers in sales, human resource management, public relations, nonprofit management, and a host of careers in which critical thinking, statistics and research skills, and effective communication skills are central components. Others may choose to pursue graduate degrees in communication or related areas including law and business. Dr. Belle Edson is the director of undergraduate studies.


The school sponsors nationally recognized co-curricular activities including a competitive forensic team; a study abroad program every summer to London, Dublin, and Edinburg; a community-oriented interpreters theatre; and the study of culture through performance. A wide range of internships are available to qualified students. These activities provide opportunities for increasing communication skills.


Advising Guides, Major Maps, and Curriculum Check Sheets 


Related Areas Courses

DARS (degree audit)

The Degree Audit Reporting System is an automated record which matches courses students have completed with the requirements of a particular academic degree program and is available from MyASU.


Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman |Transfer |International|Readmission


Students who are transferring into ASU or who have attended ASU in the past and are returning to the University must have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.50 in order to be admitted to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.


Science and Society courses and requirements

B.I.S. Major  with COM Concentration Requirements

Student Academic Policy

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication strongly believe in academic integrity; thus cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated. Students are responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work or materials and for acknowledging and documenting the source appropriately. Student Academic Integrity Policy, Student Judicial Affairs



Students are required to apply or file for graduation their final semester. Graduating students may participate in the university convocation and commencement ceremonies that occur in spring and fall semesters only. Summer graduates may participate in spring or fall ceremonies. Information on applying for graduation, deadline, and ceremonies.


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