The Hugh Downs School

Human Communication Honors Program 

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The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC) welcomes all Barrett students.  Whether you are a communication major, minor, or taking our classes as electives, we would like to help you chart your pathway of excellence in our program. 

Participating in the Human Communication Honors Program provides students with a variety of useful academic opportunities. Connecting with communication faculty and professionals can open doors to networking, research experiences, and skills development. Students will benefit from the diverse perspectives and experiences that faculty provide to study and improve communication in global, organizational, and relational contexts.

Barrett Honors College, one of the nation’s top honors colleges, offers students rewarding academic opportunities for personal and professional growth. The program supports students from diverse majors interested in studying a wide range of communication topics.  

Advantages of simultaneous enrollment in the Barrett Honors College and the Human Communication Honors Program include:

  • Priority registration for classes
  • Specially-designed honors courses taught by award-winning faculty
  • The ability to work directly with professors and honors advisors
  • Participation in research collaboratives 
  • Summer study abroad
  • Career skills development
  • Eligibility for communication scholarships and endowed awards 
  • Opportunities to attend and present at professional conferences
  • Create a unique honors thesis and/or exhibition
  • Develop qualifications for prestigious graduate programs

Each honors student in the Hugh Downs School selects a program of study that mixes core requirements and electives. Information regarding Honors Enrichment Contracts, thesis planning, course registration, selecting a thesis advisor/director, and much more are available. This program of study is best developed with time spent discussing your interests with COM advisorsBarrett advisors, and HDSHC faculty honors advisors.  All work with you to help you make the most out of your Honors Program experience. 

Barrett, The Honors College, one of the nation’s highest-ranking top honors colleges, offers students rewarding academic opportunities for personal and professional growth. To learn more about what the honors college has to offer, the requirements for acceptance, and how to apply, be sure to visit

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