It all begins with
good communication

Welcome to the 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.

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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.

Research Initiatives

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!

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication summer study abroad program is one of the most popular faculty-directed programs at ASU....

Advising information

Course override (pre-requisite) requests for spring 2019 has ended. 

Fall 2019 course overrides will...

Intern in Washington D.C.

Arizona State University partners with The Washington Center in Washington, DC, to offer full-time, semester-long internships with a wide variety...

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Marleigh Hurlburt graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a minor in philosophy in 2018.

An Arizona State University professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication has received a teaching award for her dedication and in

Upcoming Events

The Empty Space, ASU Performing and Media Arts Building
Mar 29 2019 - 7:00pm
The Empty Space, ASU Performing and Media Arts Building
Mar 30 2019 - 7:00pm
University Center
Apr 1 2019 , 6:00 - 7:30 pm