Communication

Communication, BA


Advertising, Advocate, Author, Campaign Manager, Communication, Consultant, Debate, Diplomat, Discourse, Diversity, Gender, Gender Issues, Help People, Hugh Downs, Human Resource Management, Human Resources, Identity, Intercultural, International Marketing, Interpersonal, Lobbyist, Mediator, Negotiation, Nonprofits, Oratory, Organization, Performance, Performer, Personnel, Personnel Administrator, Persuasion, Public Diplomacy, Public Speaking, Race, Racial, Relationships, Translator, advocacy, diplomacy, media, people, perform, politics, racial issues, sales, speech

Our program gives students tools to understand, analyze and respond to communication problems and opportunities in interpersonal relationships, workplace teams, and community, civic and cultural groups. Strong foundations in the humanities and social sciences aid in exploring the complex role of human communication in everyday life. Why study here?

Program Description

The BA degree program in communication at ASU's Tempe campus focuses on how message processes create, maintain and transform identities, relationships, workplaces and communities. This program provides a culturally based liberal arts focus with a second-language requirement. Such courses and activities will allow students to explore many fascinating questions, such as how messages can optimally advocate for a cause, sports team or organization, how people can communicate creatively in a variety of 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, graduates gain effective communication skills that are highly sought by employers. Students learn to write and speak effectively and are able to convey complex ideas simply. They are prepared for employment in communication-intensive fields or for graduate study.

At a Glance
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics .
  • Math Intensity: Generalprogram math intensity general

Required Courses (Major Map)
Admission Requirements
General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Additional Requirements:

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

Transfer Admission Requirements:

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

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students who would like to change their major to Communication must have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA. Students should refer to https://students.asu.edu/changingmajors for information about how to change a major to this program.

Transfer Agreements
ASU has partnered with colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington to provide transfer curriculum pathways. Students should select their current institution to see if there is a partnership agreement between the institution and ASU for this degree program. Students who do not see their state or institution listed should check back as ASU is always working on creating new partnerships.
Global Opportunities
Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st century career.  Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu/.

Career Opportunities

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

  • campaign management
  • counseling
  • entrepreneurism
  • event planning
  • health care management
  • human resource management
  • intercultural relations
  • marketing
  • nonprofit management
  • public relations
  • sales

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


Career *Growth *Median Salary
CEO
  
$173,320
12.2%
$50,430
9.7%
$62,550
14.9%
$34,870
8.2%
$41,420
3.9%
$105,060
6.8%
*
2.3%
$58,850
7.1%
$97,270
4.7%
$96,720
3.9%
$105,060
2.2%
$85,400
16.9%
$92,810
  
$20,180
  
$65,800
7.1%
$101,510
6.2%
$55,680
3.9%
$105,060
9.5%
$62,740
3.9%
$105,060
2.5%
$64,200
2.2%
$85,400
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
Contact Information

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