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 the 2nd best college major
and one of the top five most sought after career skills...

Why study here?


Communication Summer Study Abroad Program!

Be in London During Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19, 2018!  Be a part of British history, and witness all the...

Overrides for Spring COM Classes Have Ended!

Course override requests for Summer 2018 COM classes will open on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (course and pre-...

Association of Human Communication - Join Today!

Human Communication Students!  Join the Association of Human Communicatio (AHC). It’s a great opportunity to meet  other communication students,...

Recent News

Profile on Lauren Hanneman, a Hugh Downs School Standout

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Honors Thesis: Mindfulness, listening, and leadership. 

Hugh Downs School research assistant Elena Steiner and graduate student Yanqin Liu designed and facilitated a workshop on intercultural conflict for Chinese students, part of the 2018 ASU Chinese S

Cathy holds a BA in Psychology, and an MED from ASU in Postsecondary and Higher Education. 

Profile on Melissa Whitaker, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Major with a 4.04 GPA 

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Upcoming Events

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