Communication (BS)
Accelerated Program

The ability to communicate effectively is integral to finding success in any chosen career path. The Communication, BS program at ASU’s West campus provides unique resources to students, including the nationally-recognized Communication Assessment Learning Lab (CALL), with an added focus on data and statistical research as compared to the Communication, BA program.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BS 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. The Bachelor of Science degree differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree in that it requires two statistics courses.

Degree Offered

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

Campus Not Found, West

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

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 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
  • 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
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Public Address System and Other Announcers2.9%$25,730
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers2.3%$58,850
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Radio and Television Announcers-14.3%$29,790
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 Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030

* 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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