The concentration in communication focuses on teaching students how communication processes create, maintain and transform identities, relationships, workplaces and communities.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including a minimum 12 upper division (300/400 level) hours for this concentration.
  • At least 9 hours of course work must be taken at ASU.
  • At least 6 hours upper division course work must be taken through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.0 in order to declare this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • No pass/fail, Y credit or credit/no-credit courses are allowed.
  • All prerequisite and GPA requirements must be met.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.

Core 6 Hours

COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication, SB (3)(Required)
COM 225 Public Speaking, L (3)M 
OR COM 259 Communication in Business and the Professions (3)M 

Electives 12 Upper Division Hours Required
Select in consultation with a Communications advisor.

Any COM 300 level course.
Any COM 400 level course.

Approved Substitution
Students may substitute one of the following courses for one of the upper division COM requirements:

ASB 400 Cultural Factors in International Business

ASB 480 Principles of Linguistics, SB (3)

ASB 481 Language and Culture, SB (3)

ENG 301 Writing for the Professions, L (3)

ENG 302 Business Writing, L (3)

ENG 312 English in Its Social Setting, L or HU or SB (3)

ENG 357 Introduction to Folklore

FAS 330 Personal Growth in Human Relationships, SB (3)

FAS 370 Family Ethnic & Cultural Diversity, SB & C (3)

JUS 311 Crime, Prevention, and Control

JUS 329 Domestic Violence, SB (3) (Prerequisites: min 24 hours; min 2.00 GPA)

MCO 430 International Mass Communication, G (3) (Prerequisites: min 2.00 GPA)

MCO 450 Visual Communication, HU (3) (Prerequisites: min 2.00 GPA)

MCO 456 Political Communication, SB (3) (Prerequisites: min 2.00 GPA)

PGS 458 Group Dynamics (3) (Prerequisites: PGS 350 (or 351) with C or better; PSY 290 with C or better)

PGS 461 Interpersonal Influence, SB (3) (Prerequisites: Must have completed PSY 290 with a grade of C or greater; Must have completed PGS 350 or 351 with a grade of C or greater)

POS 331 Public Opinion, SB (3)

POS 333 Interest Groups, SB (3)

POS 431 Campaigns and Elections, SB (3)

NLM 310 Volunteer Management (3)

SOC 321 Sociology of Work, SB (3)

SOC 365 Sociology of Mass Communication, SB (3)

THP 311 Improvisation with Youth (3)

WST 464 Voices and Visions, HU & C (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or WST 300 with C or better; Min 6 upper-division hours)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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