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College of Arts and Sciences

Major Requirements

communication department

Class of 2015 and Beyond

Thirty-three credits are required for the major, consisting of the following five common requirements, three distributed requirements, and three electives.

Five Common Requirements (15 credits)

  • COMM 1010 - Rhetorical Tradition
    This course, and/or COMM 1020 and COMM 1040, should be taken before any other course in the major.
  • COMM 1020 - Survey of Mass Communication
    This course, and/or COMM 1010 and COMM 1040, should be taken before any other course in the major.
  • COMM 1030 - Public Speaking
  • COMM 1040 - Interpersonal Communication
    This course, and/or COMM 1010 and COMM 1020, should be taken before any other course in the major.
  • One of COMM 3330 - Communication Methods: Social Science or COMM 3340 - Communication Methods: Critical/Cultural.

Three Distributed Requirements (Nine credits)

One of the Theory Courses:

  • Any course numbered between COMM 3360 and COMM 3380
  • Theory courses should not be taken until after a student has completed COMM 1010 - Rhetorical Tradition, COMM 1020 - Survey of Mass Communication, COMM 1030 - Public Speaking, COMM 1040 - Interpersonal Communication and one of COMM 3330 - Communication Methods: Social Science or COMM 3340 - Communication Methods: Critical/Cultural.

Two Writing-Intensive Seminars:

  • Any two courses numbered between COMM 4425 and COMM 4475
  • These are upper-level courses and should not be taken until after a student has completed COMM 1010 - Rhetorical Tradition, COMM 1020 - Survey of Mass Communication, COMM 1030 - Public Speaking, COMM 1040 - Interpersonal Communication and one of COMM 3330 - Communication Methods: Social Science or COMM 3340 - Communication Methods: Critical/Cultural. Freshmen and sophomores should never register for writing-intensive seminars.

Three Electives (Nine credits)

May be chosen from any three hour classes offered by the department. Please note the following: 1) a maximum of six transfer credits will be accepted by the department and 2) a limit of one three-credit internship may be taken as an elective.

Full-time communication majors in the College of Arts and Sciences can count one three-credit course from the Woods College as a communication elective. This rule does not apply to courses transferred from another institution or to students transferring from another college within Boston College.

Sequence of Courses

The three required survey courses (COMM 1010 - Rhetorical Tradition, COMM 1020 - Survey of Mass Communication, and COMM 1040 - Interpersonal Communication) should be taken before all other courses in the major, followed by COMM 1030 - Public Speaking and one of COMM 3330 - Communication Methods: Social Science or COMM 3340 - Communication Methods: Critical/Cultural.