College of Communication Minors

The College of Communication (COM) offers four minors: Cinema & Media Studies, Communication, Film & Television, and Journalism.

Prerequisite for all four minors: Students must complete COM CO 201 with the appropriate grade (C or better) before declaring a minor.

Students must obtain a signature from the Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations Department on the COM Minor Form after they complete the prerequisite course.

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken toward the COM minor.

Students must be aware of any prerequisites when registering for classes.

Minor in Cinema & Media Studies

The Minor in Cinema & Media Studies (CIMS) is designed to equip undergraduates in all BU schools and colleges with sophisticated knowledge and understanding of film and other moving-image media as art forms and products of mass or popular culture. Like the corresponding CIMS major, the minor takes advantage of BU’s distinctive strengths in global humanities, keeping the academic study of cinema and media closely connected to the crafts of filmmaking and screenwriting through dual anchorage in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and the College of Communication (COM). Required introductions to global film history and film aesthetics lay a strong foundation for individualized pathways to completion of the minor.

Students who complete the minor are able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of films and other media productions from the silent era forward, and with the multilayered history of how that material has been created and received
  2. Use concepts and frameworks from cinema and media studies to relate individual films, filmmakers, movements, etc., to broader artistic and sociocultural contexts, including national, regional, and global contexts beyond the US
  3. Demonstrate visual and verbal literacy by analyzing and writing with clarity and terminological precision about various kinds of moving images
  4. Conduct research on a topic in cinema and media studies, formulating apt questions, identifying sources, and using them appropriately to support an argument or interpretation
  5. Discuss the applicability of scholarship from cinema and media studies to general understanding of intersections among art, technology, culture, commerce, and politics

Requirements

Six (4-credit) courses are required, all completed with a grade of C or higher. Of these six courses, a minimum of three must be taken at Boston University. Specifically required are the following:

  • One course in Film History: CAS/COM CI 101 History of Global Cinema 1: Origins through the 1950s
  • One course in Film Aesthetics: CAS CI 201 Literature and the Art of Film or COM CI 202 Understanding Film
  • Four CIMS electives, chosen in consultation with the advisor, from courses approved for the CIMS major

At least one of these electives for the minor must be taken at the advanced undergraduate (400 or 500) level.

Minor in Communication

Communication encompasses three focus areas:

  • Advertising
  • Communication studies
  • Public relations

Six courses (not including COM CO 201) in total are required.

Two required courses:

  • COM CM 331 Writing for Communication
  • COM CM 321 Mass Communication Research or COM CM 380 Theory & Process of Communication

Plus four 4-credit, 300-level or higher courses in COM CM.

Minor in Film & Television

Prerequisite: Students must complete COM CO 201 with the appropriate grade (C or better) before declaring a minor.

Students must obtain the signature of the Film & Television Department on the COM Minor Form after they complete the prerequisite course.

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken toward the COM minor.

Film & Television encompasses four focus areas:

  • Management
  • Production
  • Studies
  • Writing

Six courses (not including COM CO 201) in total are required.

Two required courses:

  • COM FT 310 Storytelling for Film & Television
  • COM FT 303 Understanding Television or COM FT 360 Understanding Film

Plus four 4-credit, 300-level or higher courses in COM FT.

Please note: Production and lottery courses may not be available to minors.

Minor in Journalism

Journalism encompasses four focus areas:

  • Broadcast
  • Magazine
  • News–editorial
  • Photo

Six courses (not including COM CO 201) in total are required.

Two required courses:

  • COM JO 307 Newswriting and Reporting I or COM JO 250 Fundamentals of Journalism (formerly COM JO 307)
  • COM JO 357 History and Principles of Journalism or COM JO 525 Media Law and Ethics

Plus four 4-credit, 300-level or higher courses in COM JO.

Students should note any prerequisites when registering for classes.