Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Studying and improving communication in everyday life...

We are the Hugh Downs School


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.

Why Study Communication at ASU?

Communication is a highly sought-after career skill.  The ability to communicate verbally and in writing with people inside and outside an organization is prized in all job markets

Princeton Review ranks a communication degree as the second-best college major, based on job prospects, alumni salaries and popularity.

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Career Outlook

The job outlook for a communication studies major is promising. Employers often cite a lack of soft skills among potential job applicants and become frustrated with employees who have technical skills but cannot communicate properly. 

When the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) asked employers participating in its Job Outlook 2019 survey which skills and qualities—beyond a strong GPA—they most want to see on students’ resumes, written communication skills are the most sought-after attribute this year. Verbal communication skills were also in the top ten.  

Careers                                                   *growth                        *2020 median salary

Public Relations Specialists                                                  8.8%                                            $59,300            
Public Relations Manager                                                   10.4%                                           $111,280
Social Services Director                                                         18%                                            $64,100
Community Health Worker                                                      11%                                          $121,220
Community Specialist                                                          13.2%                                            $41,570
Green Marketer                                                                      5.5%                                          $106,130
Medical and Health Services Manager                                10.5%                                             $98,350
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under the sponsorship of the
U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Discover why Communication is ranked as the 2nd best college major and one of the top five most sought-after career skills...

Why study here?

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 a thriving future in the exciting world of communication.

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