Communication (BA)
Accelerated Program

The Communication program offered at ASU’s West campus prepares students to do far more than give a speech or two in front of their peers. It’s designed to equip students with the skills needed to convey complex ideas clearly and effectively through both the spoken and written word. Utilizing the nationally-recognized Communication Assessment Learning Lab (CALL), this program trains and prepares students for careers in conflict resolution, social media and technology, global communication, communication philosophy, and risk and crisis communication.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BA degree in communication in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

The study of communication comprises research, practice and advocacy. Relying upon diverse competencies, it requires an understanding of what contributes to and detracts from effective human communication.

The coursework and faculty-led research projects in the communication program cover an array of topics, including work and personal relationships, conflict resolution, social media and technology, global communication, communication philosophy, and risk and crisis communication. Students explore communication in organizations and interpersonal relationships; in public, political, and social situations; and across cultures.

Graduates of this program are trained in effective communication skills, are able to write and speak well, and can convey complex ideas effectively. They are prepared for employment in communication-intensive fields or further graduate study.

Degree Offered

Communication (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of

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Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Arts in communication is a broadly-based program that trains individuals to speak and write competently, manage relationships well, problem-solve effectively, and understand the role and function of communication in public forums, organizational settings, relational exchanges and intercultural situations. Because these skills are crucial to many professions, communication graduates work in a variety of fields, including:

  • advertising
  • customer service and customer relations
  • education
  • fundraising
  • health and human services
  • human resources
  • international service
  • legal professions
  • lobbying
  • management
  • marketing
  • media and public relations
  • mediation
  • ministry
  • public administration
  • public advocacy
  • public office
  • research
  • sales
  • social media design and implementation
  • speech writing
  • 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
Chief Executives-1.2%$173,320
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Public Address System and Other Announcers2.9%$25,730
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other6.8%*
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers2.3%$58,850
Green Marketers 4.7%$96,720
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary8%$66,580
Advertising and Promotions Managers4.7%$96,720
Broadcast News Analysts-12.6%$61,450
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Media and Communication Workers, All Other10.3%$45,860
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes2.5%$64,200

* 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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