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Major Information and Degrees

Welcome to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication undergraduate degree programs! As one of the largest academic units within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University on the Tempe campe, we focus on teaching students how human communication processes create, maintain and transform identities, relationships, workplaces and communities.

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication offers two undergraduate degree programs - a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Communication. Dr. Belle Edson is the director of undergraduate studies for our degree programs.

Our communication 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.

Courses in our undergraduate communication degree programs at ASU 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 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts communication degree programs are prepared 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. Some communication graduates choose to pursue graduate degrees in communication or related areas including law and business.

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication also provides our students opportunities for increasing communication skills through our co-curricular activities including a nationally competitive forensic team; a summer study abroad program to London, Dublin, and Edinburg; a community-oriented interpreters theatre; and the study of culture through performance. We also offer a wide range of internships to qualified students interested in getting experience in their career field.

Academic Advising and Advising Appointments

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 MyASU.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman |Transfer |International|Readmission

Students who are transferring into ASU or who have attended ASU in the past and are returning to the University must have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.50 in order to be admitted to 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. Students are responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work or materials and for acknowledging and documenting the source appropriately. Student Academic Integrity Policy, Student Judicial Affairs


Students are required to apply or file for graduation their final semester.  Information on applying for graduation, deadline, and ceremonies.


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