Communication, BS

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The Communication, BS program at ASU’s West campus provides unique resources to students, including the nationally-recognized CommLabASU (formerly the Communication Assessment Learning Lab), with an added focus on data and statistical research as compared to the Communication, BA program.

Effective communication is essential for nearly any human endeavor, and as more communication is conducted through digital channels the nuance of interpersonal engagement becomes even more valuable. The ability to persuasively convey ideas, share opinions and influence behavior is a critical skill in both professional and personal realms.


The communication program prepares students to do far more than give a speech or two in front of their peers. It provides an extensive understanding of the practical, theoretical and professional nuances of today's field of communication and equips students with the skills needed to convey complex ideas clearly and effectively through both the spoken and written word.

In utilizing the nationally recognized CommLabASU, this program trains and prepares students for in-depth study into what contributes to and detracts from effective human communication, recognizing that the art of communication is far more nuanced than simple speaking and writing prowess.

Students may pursue one or more focus areas that are designed to amplify their academic and professional preparation in specific contexts, including: public relations, risk and strategic communication; media, culture and social technology; communication training and mentoring; dialogue, relationships and communities; and sport communication.

At A Glance

Communication, BS

Required Courses

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Career outlook

Graduates of the communication program are trained in effective communication skills, are able to speak and write well, and can convey complex ideas effectively. They are prepared for employment in communication-intensive fields and for further graduate study. Graduates are prepared to perform various forms of data analysis, communication assessment and technical reporting, and they are prepared for graduate study in the social sciences, law, humanities and management. Graduates work in communications-intensive fields such as:

  • advertising
  • community education
  • corporate communications
  • crisis management
  • customer service and customer relations
  • health communication
  • human resources management
  • media and public relations
  • new media
  • social media
  • training and development

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
Advertising and Promotions Managers5.5%$106,130
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Media and Communication Workers, All Other 9.9%$47,900
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Technical Writers 11%$70,930

* 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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