At a Glance: program details
Required Courses (Major Map)
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.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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.
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: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
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 https://changingmajors.asu.edu 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:
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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.
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
- human resource management
- public relations
- social media
- training and development
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:
Advertising and Promotions Managers
- Growth: 1.9%
- Median Salary*: 127830
- 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).
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.
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.