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):

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

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

  • Social Media COMM2278
  • Cultural Diversity in the Media COMM2285
  • The Global Internet COMM2262
  • Gender and Media COMM2251
  • Sports, Media and Culture COMM2184
  • Interpersonal Communication COMM1104
  • Media Ethics in the Digital Age COMM2250
  • Media Violence COMM2273
  • Masculinity, Sexuality and Difference COMM2180
  • Persuasion COMM2291
  • Race at the Millennium COMM2194
  • Asian American Media  COMM2209
  • Fascist Rhetoric  COMM2212
  • Black Popular Culture COMM2182
  • The Ideal of the Open Mind COMM2224
  • Communication Nonverbal Messages COMM2271
  • Image as Communication COMM2203

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.