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.
33 credits are required for the major.
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
- COMM1104 Interpersonal Communication
- COMM2180 Masculinity, Sexuality and Difference
- COMM2182 Black Popular Culture
- COMM2184 Sports, Media, and Culture
- COMM2194 Race at the Millennium
- COMM2203 Image as Communication
- COMM2209 Asian American Media
- COMM2212 Fascist Rhetoric
- COMM2224 The Ideal of the Open Mind
- COMM2250 Media Ethics in the Digital Age
- COMM2251 Gender and Media
- COMM2262 The Global Internet
- COMM2271 Communicating Nonverbal Messages
- COMM2273 Media Violence
- COMM2278 Social Media
- COMM2285 Cultural Diversity in the Media
- COMM2291 Persuasion
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 3-credit class offered by the department.
- A maximum of 6 transfer credits will be accepted by the department toward elective credits.
- One class of 3 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.
1-credit internships and courses may not be combined to total a 3-credit course.
Information for First-Year Majors
Students may declare the Communication major by contacting Kristin Hartnett, Academic Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The common requirements: Rhetorical Tradition, Survey of Mass Communication, Public Speaking, and Communication Methods are prerequisites for all other Communication classes. Majors should not register for theory, writing intensive, or electives until those courses are completed.
Information for Study Abroad
Students applying for Study Abroad must meet all of the application requirements set forth by BC's Office of International Programs (OIP). This includes meeting and/or discussing potential study abroad plans with a student's academic advisor prior to submitting the application to OIP. Before traveling abroad in fall or spring of Junior year, students in the Communication major must complete the four foundational courses in the major: Rhetorical Tradition, Survey of Mass Communication, Public Speaking, and Communication Research Methods.
A student may transfer up to two 3-credit courses (maximum 6 credits) in Communication as electives from the Study Abroad placement, which counts toward the 9 elective credits required for the major. These courses must be submitted for approval via the online Study Abroad Course Evaluation form, available on the Office of Student Services website at the Academic Forms page. Students are encouraged to list the title of the course, the course description, and the syllabus in order to expedite approval. For more information about Communication Department Study Abroad policies, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Lindsay Hogan.
COMM1901 Communication Internship, a 1-credit pass/fail course.
COMM5589 Senior Internship Seminar, a 3-credit course, is open to senior Communication majors. In addition, potential interns must have completed a minimum of six courses in communication including COMM1010 Rhetorical Tradition, COMM1020 Survey of Mass Communication, COMM1030 Public Speaking, COMM1040 Interpersonal Communication, and one of COMM3330 Communication Methods: Social Science or COMM3340 Communication Methods: Critical/Cultural.
For internship applications, please visit our department website. For departmental approval, contact Professor Christine Caswell, Director, Internships and Career Opportunities, St Mary’s Hall South Room S375, 617-552-6148, email@example.com.
The honors program in the Department of Communication is targeted towards exceptional communication majors, defined as those whose overall GPA is 3.70 or higher. To be invited to join the honors program, students must have an overall GPA of 3.70 or higher at the conclusion of their freshman year (summer courses will be counted if taken for BC graded credit). Students will be invited to the program in the fall semester of their sophomore year prior to spring registration. The honors program requires enrollment in an honors methods course in sophomore spring and an honors writing course in their junior year. In addition, students in the honors program will complete a thesis in order to officially graduate with department honors. A more complete description of the program is available on the department website or in the Honors Handbook in the department's main office. Students may also contact Professor Celeste Wells, Director of the Communication Department Honors Program. St. Mary's Hall South, Room S479, 617-552-1194, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about the Communication curriculum, course substitution forms, and transfer credits should be directed to Professor Lindsay Hogan, Director of Undergraduate Studies, St. Mary's Hall South, Room S453, 617-552-4054, email@example.com.
To declare the major and discuss general course of study, please e-mail Kristin Hartnett, Academic Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication Department Chairperson: Associate Professor Matt Sienkiewicz, email@example.com 617-552-8837 St. Mary’s Hall South Room S450.