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Communication, BS

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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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Explore the complex role of human communication in everyday life, and gain the critical analytical skills that will be valuable assets in the workplace and beyond.

Program Description

How can someone create messages that are appropriate across different cultures? How can messaging convince people to change behaviors? How can someone measure the impact of social media? In the BS program in communication, students explore these questions and many more as they come to understand how messages create, maintain and improve relationships, workplaces and communities.

This degree program provides a social science and data-analytic focus, providing students with an understanding of quantitative research methods. Students learn to write and speak effectively and to convey complex ideas simply, preparing them for employment in a variety of career fields and 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 previously attended 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 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.

Website | Locations: WEST

Global Management

Gain hands-on experience and learn from the diverse perspectives of a global cohort of classmates. This program offers applied learning opportunities, 17 concentration options, and internships in real-world global settings.

Website | Locations: DTPHX


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.

Website | Locations: ONLNE

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:

  • business consulting
  • data analysis
  • event planning
  • fundraising
  • human resource management
  • marketing
  • public relations
  • sales
  • social media
  • 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:

Management Analysts

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 95290
  Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

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


  • Growth: 5.2%
  • Median Salary*: 61190
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Managers

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

Advertising and Promotions Managers

  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: 127830

Marketing Managers

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 140040
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Managers

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

Search Marketing Strategists

  • Growth: 13.4%
  • Median Salary*: 68230
  Bright Outlook

Sales Managers

  • Growth: 4%
  • Median Salary*: 130600

* 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 over 300 options available, Global Education programs allow students to tailor their experience to their unique interests and skill sets. Students may engage in a unique and exciting opportunity to gain intercultural experience through tailored international programs of study. Students improve language and cross-cultural skills for effective communication, develop critical teamwork and problem-solving skills, and expand their knowledge of the liberal arts through lenses of different cultures.

Whether in a foreign country, in the U.S. or online, students in communication are able to 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.

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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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