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Introduction to Human Communication LAC

In this online communication course, you will learn the basics of effective human communication, which can change the way you interact with others and the world.


This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of human communication, processes, and environments. This course surveys communication topics related to culture, identity, organizations, and relationships. By the end of this course, you should have a fuller understanding of appropriate and effective communication based on your knowledge of theoretical concepts and their application.

You will learn:

  • To define and describe the complex nature of communication
  • To identify and describe the various contexts of communication study, including interpersonal, small group, organizations, public, and mass communication
  • To explain the features of communication common to all contexts, including verbal and nonverbal
  • To connect theoretical concepts of communication to everyday experiences
  • To define key terms used by communication researchers and practitioners
  • To describe the relationships between the discipline of communication and other academic areas of study

Note: This course is not hosted on the Starbucks Global Academy platform. After enrolling, the course content will direct you on how to complete registration for this content. Check the ASU Earned Admissions website for course availability.

Meet your instructor:

Alexis Valianos
Instructor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Arizona State University

Terrie Wong
Lecturer, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University

J. Macgregor Wise
Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Arizona State University

Manuel G. Avilés-Santiago
Associate Professor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University