Courses

  • COM CM 772: PRLab
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM CM 701 and COM CM 707.
    PRLab at Boston University is the nation's oldest student run public relations agency. PRLab allows students to gain valuable industry experience in an agency style setting, working in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Students engage in media relations, event planning, branding, copy editing, content creation and social media management. Over the course of the semester, students create professional portfolios.
  • COM CM 773: PR E-Board
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM CM 701 and COM CM 707; Consent of instructor
    This course represents the management function of the student run PRLab. The PRLab Executive board consists of a President, Vice President and several Account Supervisors, who work together to facilitate the overall success of the student- client interactions and PRLab as a whole. The E-Board is also responsible for PRLab's branding and new business acquisition.
  • COM CM 809: Graduate Internship
    Graduate Prerequisites: one semesters of graduate study.
    Students are placed in public relations, advertising, or communication departments of business, educational, philanthropic, or governmental institutions. Fifteen hours per week of supervised work. Students with a comprehensive report evaluating internship experience at end of semester. 2 or 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM CM 824: Technical Writing for Communication Research
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM CM 722 ; COM CM 723 ; COM CM 724.
    Teaches students to develop clear and concise research proposals and write detailed research reports incorporating appropriate methodological sequences, techniques, and strategies. Teaches students to interpret the results of quantitative analyses in layperson's terms and relate their implications to a client, as well as to analyze the standards and pricing structure of competing agencies and available subcontractors in a given market.
  • COM CM 831: International Communication
    Factors of international communication; cultural, economic, political, and social influences. Role of communication media in effecting social change in a wide variety of countries.
  • COM CM 901: Directed Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and instructor. Supervised reading, fieldwork, or research for student's specific needs.
    Supervised reading, fieldwork, or research for student's specific needs.
  • COM CM 909: Thesis or Project Research
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
  • COM CO 101: The World of Communication
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Proficiency through CASWR099 or Equivalent
    Introduces students to many fundamental principles of communication. Students also learn about the intertwined nature of communication professions as they explore the major fields of study in communication. Guest lectures from various industries inform students of potential future career paths. CO101 is required of all students in the College of Communication, including transfer students, IUT students, and DDP students. Students must receive a "C" or higher in CO101 in order to proceed further into COM.
  • COM CO 102: Special Seminars
    COM 102 offers multiple sections each semester in a variety of student services, career services and technological topics. These ?added-value? seminars do not count toward graduation requirements, but do offer valuable insight and tools to be successful in your college career and beyond.
  • COM CO 201: Introduction to Communication Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 100; or equivalent.
    The College of Communication's core undergraduate writing course. Students refresh their grammatical and stylistic skills and apply those skills to professional writing assignments. Prepares students to write with clarity, conciseness, precision, and accuracy for the communication fields.
  • COM CO 401: Radio Station Practicum
    This is a seminar for students interested in managing the student-run radio station, WTBU. It is open to students who serve on the executive board of WTBU. Students will manage all facets of the radio station including music programing, sportscasting, news reporting, promotions, underwriting, website management, and technical equipment. Students will learn how to accomplish specific goals in improving the professionalism of the station and increasing the audience of WTBU. varilbe credit/ either sem.
  • COM CO 704: Teaching Techniques
    Required for and open only to COM CO 101 graduate teaching assistants. Designed to acquaint teaching assistants with strategies for effective teaching and equip them with techniques for conducting the basic undergraduate communication course. Students increase their proficiency in leading discussion sections, appraising student progress, and handling problem situations.
  • COM EM 737: The MArketplace v. Regulation: Emerging Media and Communication Policy
    Social media and other forms of data creation and manipulation are posing profound challenges to traditional legislative and regulatory arrangements. Issues ranging from privacy to equal access, from spectrum allocation to market concentration and from intellectual property to secrecy have become quite contentious due to power of digital technologies. Innovative services can collect data in ways that can have poorly understood ramifications. This course surveys the laws and regulations that apply to emerging media and probes the major policy issues in detail with a particular emphasis on the situation in the U.S.
  • COM EM 747: Trending Insights: Social Data Analysis and Visualization
    This course familiarizes students with social -scientific methods for large scale data analysis and visualization, including the application of relevant user and concept networks, time and spatial models, sentiment mapping, and comparison of matrices. In addition, the use of germane software in emerging and digital media research is developed. Most importantly, however, this course has a dual structure where students learn to not only carry our advanced analyses of large datasets, they also engage with how to visually represent with a wide-ranging skillset to scrape data, mine data, and present data in fields of specific areas of inquiry.
  • COM EM 761: Emergin Media Special Topics
    Selected issues in mobile communication and social media. This course investigates a series of emerging issues concerning the communication aspects of mobile and social media technology. Lectures by the instructor will be supplemented by guest commentaries and discussion, field trips and the presentation by students of their semester-long research projects. There will be extensive weekly reading assignments, weekly reaction papers and a term paper. The term paper is to be based on original inquiry and data collection. Among the topics covered during the semester are public participation in governmental policy via social media, the reception of new technology such as Google Glass, personal privacy effects of big data, prospects for citizen journalism, and the effects of mobile communication on social interaction. By the end of the semester, the student should have a firm grasp of selected issues concerning mobile and social media from both a policy and behavioral perspective. Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Students interested in taking this course should contact Prof. Katz via email and include a brief summarized their background and explain their interest in the topic.
  • COM EM 777: Extended Group Project Wrork Seminar
    This year long course introduces students to the theories, method and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences. It aims to do this through reading, practical applications and in-class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to work with local organization (the "project sponsor") in the Boston area to design and implement a research project. Throughout the process, students will work closely with their peers, the sponsor and the course instructors to develop the project and to evaluate work in progress.
  • COM FT 201: Screen Language: The Aesthetics, Grammar and Rhetoric of the Moving Image
    This course is designed to help students communicate through audio, still images and moving pictures. We will study how films and photographs of various kinds communicate ideas, tell stories, and convey artistic expression. Students will then be given many opportunities to demonstrate their own grasp of fundaments of communication and storytelling through images, sounds and montage. The aim of this course is not simply to reinforce existing rules but rather to test the validity of those norms. Accordingly, students will be asked both to employ and to violate conventions.
  • COM FT 250: Understanding Film
    Understanding Film will introduce students to key aesthetic aspects of film. Students will explore a range of styles and genres in film, including narrative and non-fiction forms, and dominant and alternative styles. Students will also study a variety of historical examples of theses different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. Finally, students will learn to analyze and write about these formal elements, viewing both complete films and individual sequences.
  • COM FT 303: History of Television
    In this course we will examine the ways in which industrial factors and communication policies have shaped the medium that sits in 99% of U.S. homes. We will begin by examining television's roots in radio. The remainder of the course will be broken down into three stages of television history advanced by Rogers, Epstein and Reeves (2002). The first category is TVI- the period of three-network dominance. The next stage, TVII, is characterized by the rise of cable television and the decentering of the three networks. We will conclude the course by considering the current stage of television- TV III- in which the era of "on demand" has further destabilized traditional notions of content, audiences, producers, scheduling and technologies. In addition to tracing this development historically and thematically, we will confront it critically, analyzing the connections between power and money in the medium of television.
  • COM FT 304: Film Industry
    A survey of current business trends in the motion picture industry. Focuses on script development; studio structure; agents, attorneys, and contracts; independent filmmaking; and distribution.