The Communication Department Honors Program promotes the productive collaboration between intellectually-driven students, faculty and staff. It encourages an education in which students are challenged to think and write critically as well as develop an analytical sensibility regarding the role that ideological structures play in our ability to develop socially-just communication and, consequently, communities.
Completing the Honors Program will allow you to accomplish a number of things:
- Develop practical, transferable skills in writing, research and analysis
- Create a tangible product represents a culmination of the intellectual work you have accomplished over your years at Boston College.
- Develop productive and positive relationships similarly academically-oriented peers.
- Develop close relationships with faculty
- Receive honors recognition's of your achievements that can be listed on your resume.
These two honors designations are separate. In other words, you may receive honors in both programs if you complete the requirements of both programs in their entirety. To graduate with A&S Honors, you have two options: to graduate without a thesis or to graduate with a thesis. As the A&S Honors Handbook indicates, if you choose not to write a thesis, you must take two HP Honors Seminars. Please contact the A&S Honors Program with any inquiries regarding this requirement. To graduate with Communication Department Honors you must complete the requirements of departmental honors as outlined above.
If you have completed research methods prior to an invitation to the program it will count as one of your electives but not as one of your required honors courses. The reason for this is that honors methods prepares you directly for taking research at the thesis-writing level.
Students can complete a semester or summer abroad program and still complete the honors program. Students who plan to study abroad during fall or spring semester of junior year should plan to complete COMM4475 – Introduction to Honors in the alternate semester (i.e., if a student plans to study abroad fall semester, they will take COMM4475 in spring semester upon return to BC). If a student plans to study for a full year abroad it is not possible to complete the Communication Honors Program.
This is a decision you should make after carefully discussing the honors programs in both of your majors with your advisor and/or the directors of the honors program. Generally speaking you will not be able to “double-count” a thesis for both majors and thus you need to closely research your options and determine what will be the best choice for you.
Every student is different in their ability to prioritize, manage and thrive under competing requirements. As an honors student it makes sense that you feel compelled to take full advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Prior to undertaking a significant number of time-consuming and difficult responsibilities I encourage you to seek advice from faculty and staff that you trust. Ideal individuals would be: your advisor, the director of the honors program, or any member of the BC community whose opinion you value. Try to remember that your decision should not only be based on if doing something is possible, but rather is it the best fit for your goals as they stand today given your current intellectual, psychological, social and physical abilities.
Unfortunately, the honors program must be started in Sophomore year in order to be completed by Senior year. As such, students who attain a 3.7 or above after Sophomore Fall cannot enter the program.
The Communication Department accepts only traditional, bound theses in a paper format. Please see “Thesis Guidelines” on pages 4 and 5 for further details.
Federal regulations and University Policy require prospective review and approval of all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, or students. The Boston College Institutional Review Board (IRB) should review all research proposals. More information is available at the following link: /research/oric/human.html.