Established in 1961, the Communication department has become one of the largest undergraduate majors at Boston College. Over the past 50 years the Department has grown from three to 14 full-time faculty; from a handful of students to more than 900 majors; and from an orientation primarily devoted to teaching the composition and delivery of speeches, to the broad gamut of theories and methods encompassed by communication.
It is the goal of the Communication department that students majoring in Communication develop the following skills:
- Graduates will understand the major theories in the areas of Interpersonal Communication, Rhetorical Studies and Media Studies.
- Graduates will understand the research skills necessary for their area of study.
- Graduates will have the skill necessary to organize and write a coherent paper examining a current theoretical topic in communication.
- Graduates will have the skills to analyze and articulate logical arguments.
- Graduates will have the ability to express themselves effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Graduates will understand the ethical issues inherent in sending and receiving messages.
- Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of the ideas and methods of one of the three major subfields in Communication.