Major Requirements

The Boston College Department of Communication is committed to the intellectual and ethical development of analytical and creative communication skills in our students, with particular emphasis on the effective functioning of circuits of communication, the impact of technological innovation on human beings and institutions, and the power relationships that develop through this interaction.

This program of study has led graduating majors to careers in communication industries and to success in fields related to communication including business, government/politics, international relations and negotiations, social and human services, health and education. Many majors have completed graduate programs in fields including communication, business and law.

Thirty-three credits are required for the major.

For Classes 2021 and Beyond:

Four Common Requirements (12 credits):

  • COMM1010 Rhetorical Tradition
  • COMM1020 Survey of Mass Communication
  • COMM1030 Public Speaking
  • COMM3330 Communication Methods: Social Science or COMM3340 Communication Methods: Cultural (take one)

One Critical Issues Course (3 credits): each course offered periodically

  • Social Media
  • Cultural Diversity in the Media
  • Online Communication and Global Society
  • Gender and Media
  • Sports, Media and Culture
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Media Violence
  • Masculinity, Sexuality and Difference
  • Persuasion
  • Race at the Millennium
  • Asian American Media
  • Fascist Rhetoric 
  • Black Popular Culture
  • The Ideal of the Open Mind
  • Communication Nonverbal Messages 
  • Image as Communication

One Theory Course (3 credits):

  • Any course numbered between COMM3360 and COMM3380
  • Theory courses should, ideally, not be taken until after a student has completed Rhetorical Tradition, Survey of Mass Communication, Public Speaking and the Communication Methods course.

Two Writing Intensive Seminars (6 credits):

  • Any two courses numbered between COMM4425 and COMM4475

These are upper-level courses and should not be taken until after a student has completed the four common requirements. Freshmen and sophomores should never register for writing-intensive seminars.

Three Electives (9 credits):

Electives may be chosen from any three-hour class offered by the department. A maximum of six transfer credits will be accepted by the department toward elective credits. One class of three credits or more from the Woods College may be counted toward an elective, with permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Senior Internship Seminar, a 3-credit elective, may be conducted only once during the senior year and used toward elective requirements. One-credit internships and courses may not be combined to total a 3-credit course.