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.  


Our program focuses on two central components: First, we offer students foundational knowledge of communication theories and research methods. These courses 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.  


Second, our communication electives are geared toward providing students with conceptual knowledge as well as practical skills to successfully manage communication issues in the context of our increasingly complex, global and dynamic environment. These 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. Professor 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 also is available to qualified students. These activities provide additional opportunities for increasing communication skills.


Student curriculum is determined by the student's catalog year. An advisor can help determine the catalog year.  The guidelines are contained in the ASU Catalog under University Graduation Requirements. A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 45 must be upper division semester hours (300 and 400 level courses), are required for graduation and a minimum 30 resident credit hours at ASU Tempe campus.


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 My ASU. By checking in DARS, students are able to determine if certain courses meet specific requirements and/or the status of complete and incomplete requirements for their degree.


Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman |Transfer |International|Readmission


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


Students who have attended ASU in the past and who are returning to the university must have a minimum 2.50 ASU cumulative GPA in order to be admitted into 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. If a student is charged with academic dishonesty and found to be in violation, disciplinary action will be taken and a student's name will be kept of file. In the Student Academic Integrity Policy, ASU defines plagiarism (as) using another's words, ideas, materials, or work without properly acknowledging and documenting the source. Students are responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work or materials and for acknowledging and documenting the source appropriately. Disciplinary action may result in the student being suspended or expelled from the college, given an XE on his or her transcript, and/or referred to Student Judicial Affairs. Student Academic Integrity Policy, Student Judicial Affairs


Graduation

Students are required to apply or file for graduation their final semester (spring-before February 15, summer-before June 15, fall-before October 1). Graduating students may participate in the university convocation and commencement ceremonies that occur in spring and fall semesters only. Summer graduate may walk in spring ceremonies or participate in fall ceremonies. Information on applying for graduation and ceremonies.


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