It all begins with
good communication

Welcome to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication!

Dedicated to studying and improving communication in everyday life

At the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, we explore the complex role of human communication in everyday life.
As a student in our school, you will learn how to communicate effectively whether with one person or large and diverse groups.
Our communication courses will provide you with the tools to understand, analyze and respond to communication problems
and opportunities, including interpersonal relationships, workplace teams, and community, civic and cultural groups.

Discover how the careers of today, and tomorrow, are built on human communication
and how our program can prepare you for an ever-changing world.

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What We Study

Our school is internationally recognized for scholarly excellence in the study of communication. We strive to achieve excellence in research, education and creative endeavors in the complex role of human communication in everyday life.


Our faculty are well known for their cutting-edge methodologies and innovative research and have developed transdisciplinary strategic initiatives to address the most pressing global communication issues of our time.

Degree Programs

The national renown of our dynamic faculty, our first class programs, and the success of our students exemplify the finest in higher education. Pursue a degree that offers an thriving future in the exciting world of communication.

Discover why Communication is ranked as one of the top five
most sought after skills in all job markets ...

Why study here?


Spend Your Summer in the British Isles!

The Human Communication summer study abroad program has a few spots available for our 2016 British Isles Program.  Our program is one of the most...

AHC Undergraduate Student Meeting

The undergraduate student Association of Human Communication, AHC, will hold it's first meeting of the spring semester on Thursday, January 28th...

Scholarship Application Now Available for COM Majors

The scholarship application and scholarship information for Communication majors for the 2016-2017 academic year is now available online. The...

Upcoming Events

The Empty Space
February 7, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Spring 2016 Library Series
Mesa Public Library, 64 East 1st Street, Mesa, AZ 85202
February 16, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Spring 2016 Library Series
Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, C-101, Goodyear, AZ 85338
March 2, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.