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 transdiciplinary 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?


HDSHC Faculty and Students Shine at NCA 2015

Faculty and graduate students with the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication will showcase their papers and presentations at the National...

Online Overrides for COM Classes

Overrides for 2015 spring COM classes will be available online. Course overrides for spring classes will be available online Monday, November 16....

Special Walk-in Advising Hours

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication advising team will provide special walk-in advising hours prior to the beginning of the fall semester...

Upcoming Events

The Empty Space
December 3, 2015
Stauffer Halle
December 4, 2015, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
The Empty Space
December 4, 2015