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Communication, BA

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Learn the deep critical thinking skills that will enable you to build strong relationships and communities, and become an effective leader.

Program Description

The BA program in communication focuses on how message processes create, maintain and transform identities, relationships, workplaces and communities through a humanistic approach to the art of communication.

Students explore many fascinating concepts, such as how messages can optimally advocate for a cause, sports team or organization; how people can communicate creatively in various settings and styles; how valid messages differ from invalid messages; how and why cultural differences make communication difficult; and why some topics are difficult to discuss and consistently lead to conflict.

Through rigorous coursework and rewarding applied experiences, students gain effective communication skills that prepare them for employment in communication-intensive fields or for graduate study.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Students who have attended previously ASU and are returning to the university with transfer credit must have a minimum ASU cumulative GPA of 2.00 in order to be admitted into the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Students who are transferring into ASU must meet current university admission requirements.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students who would like to change their major to the Bachelor of Arts in communication must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Communication Studies

Every organization needs professionals who use communication and media for strategic purposes and to build strong relationships with employees, clients, citizens, patients and other stakeholders. This program provides the tools needed to work as an advocate for social change, an ethical and persuasive influencer, or a builder of strong communities.

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Are you ready for the next step in your career? Do you want to improve your leadership abilities? Effective communication is the skill most highly valued by employers. By continually working to improve your communication skills, you can build stronger relationships, advance your career and achieve your personal goals.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates often attend leading graduate schools in communication, law or business or find gainful employment in the areas of:

  • campaign management
  • community leadership
  • diplomacy
  • event planning
  • health care management
  • human resource management
  • intercultural relations
  • nonprofit management
  • public relations
  • sales
  • training and development

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Community Health Workers

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Training and Development Specialists

  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 63080
  Bright Outlook

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 52560
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Managers

  • Growth: 5.2%
  • Median Salary*: 130000
  Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Managers

  • Growth: 28.4%
  • Median Salary*: 104830
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Managers

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 129430
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialists

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 67440
  Bright Outlook

Sales Managers

  • Growth: 4%
  • Median Salary*: 130600

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Travel Agents

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 46400

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With more than 300 Global Education program options available to them, students may engage in a unique and exciting opportunity to gain intercultural experience through international programs of study, which they can tailor according to their experience and unique interests and skills.

Whether in a foreign country, in the U.S. or online, students in communication develop critical teamwork and problem-solving skills, expand their knowledge of the liberal arts through lenses of different cultures, and improve their language and cross-cultural skills for effective communication across populations.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these study abroad programs for students majoring in communication.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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