Communication ,BS

Communication, BS


Communication, Debate, Diversity, Gender, Identity, Intercultural, Interpersonal, Negotiation, Organization, Performance, Persuasion, Public Speaking, Race, Relationships, speech

Are you looking for tools to help you understand, analyze and respond to problems and opportunities in interpersonal relationships, workplace teams, and community, civic and cultural groups? You'll develop those and other critical analytical skills while exploring the complex role of human communication in everyday life.

Program Description

The BS program in communication at ASU's Tempe campus focuses on how message processes create, maintain and transform identities, relationships, workplaces and communities. This degree program provides a liberal arts grounding and a social science focus. Such courses and activities allow students to explore many fascinating questions, such as:

  • In what ways can messages convince people to eliminate negative health behaviors?
  • When, how and why do cultural differences make it difficult to communicate?
  • Why are some topics difficult to discuss and consistently lead to conflict?
  • Why do people differ in how committed they are to their work?
  • Why do some relationships flourish while others fade away?

Through rigorous coursework and rewarding applied experiences, students gain effective communication skills that are highly sought by employers. Students learn to write and speak effectively and to convey complex ideas simply, preparing them for employment in a variety of career fields or for graduate study.

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

Required Courses (Major Map)
Accelerated Program Options
This program allows students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor. Fast track options appear at the top of the major map.

This program also 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:

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

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 a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A").

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.

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.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use MyPath2ASU™ 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.

Global Opportunities
Global Experience

Studying abroad offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to gain intercultural experience through tailored international programs. 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. Opportunities exist across the globe, including in Australia, the United Kingdom and a semester at sea. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu/

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends the following study abroad programs for students majoring in communication: http://links.asu.edu/SAO.communication.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program often attend leading graduate schools in communication, law or business schools, 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
14.5%
$53,940
18.1%
$38,370
13.2%
$41,570
8.0%
$105,610
8.1%
*
5.5%
$106,130
20.5%
$98,350
10.4%
$111,280
8.8%
$59,300
18.0%
$64,100
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
ASU students may accelerate their studies by earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years (for some programs) or by earning a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 or 3 years.

Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.

Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See http://asuonline.asu.edu/ for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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