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 500: Directed Study
  • 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 500: Intro to Emerging Media
    Introducing emerging media from a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic and psychological. Social Science research perspectives on emerging media effects and policy issues surrounding emerging media form the second half of the course. Applications of theory to a variety of topics and social issues will be discussed. 2nd sem 4 cr
  • COM EM 544: Social Consequences of Emerging Media
    This course examines the social impact of new media. Theories from both quantitative and qualitative research will be used to explore: The role of new media technologies on a number of social entities, including interactions, networking, identities, capital and resources; Effects of new media on civic and political participation; societal implications of the persuasive role of new media in a variety of contexts (entertainment, health, advertising, etc.)
  • COM EM 593: The Psychology of Emerging Media
    This course examines the psychological aspects of new media. Theories and empirical research from communication, psychology, consumer behavior and human- computer studies will be used to explore: Psychological responses to new media technologies; Uses and effects of technological features, such as interactivity, navigability, and modality on user's thoughts, emotions and behavior; Nature and Dynamic of interpersonal and group interaction when mediated by new media technologies; Issues of source, self and privacy altered by new media; Broad Social-psychological consequences of Internet use, such as dependency, addiction and depression.
  • 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 757: User-Producers 2.0: Developing Interactivity
    The shift in medial production toward dynamic user-production is harnessed in this class. Students will evaluate and critique prevailing practices in co-creative media output as well as become proficient in developing online media with cutting edge and open source software tools. Technical aspects of this class include HTML5, CSS, and Java Script, as well as audience interfaces and analytics.
  • 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.