The Bachelor of Science in communication program will teach you how communication processes create, maintain, and transform identities, workplaces, and communities.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Class number may be less for transfer students.
Complete your degree in a condensed timeframe. Consult your academic advisor for options.

As a BS in communication student, you'll have the opportunity to enroll in some of our communication electives, which are geared toward providing you with conceptual knowledge as well as practical skills to successfully manage communication issues in the context of contemporary workplaces. These courses cover a variety of topics, including business and professional communication; leadership, persuasion, and social influence; conflict and negotiation; intercultural communication in the global marketplace; the impact of gender, race, and class on communication; and training and development. We offer students foundational knowledge of communication theories and research methods with courses that will provide you with the tools to understand, analyze, and respond to communication problems and opportunities in a variety of contexts, including workplace teams and community, civic, and cultural groups.

As a graduate of this program, you'll be equipped to pursue a career in sales, human resource management, public relations, event planning, nonprofit management, and a host of careers in which critical thinking, statistics and research, and effective communication skills are central components. Others may choose to pursue graduate degrees in communication or related areas including law and business.

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Communication have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

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
  • event planning
  • human resource management
  • nonprofit management
  • public relations

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Some programs may have additional requirements for admission.

Students who are transferring into ASU must have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.50 in order to be admitted to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Students who have attended ASU in the past and who are returning to the university with transfer work must have a minimum 2.50 ASU cumulative GPA in order to be admitted into the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

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