About COM

Boston University’s College of Communication

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At the College of Communication (established in 1947), students gain a deep understanding of communication in its various forms, combined with a solid grounding in liberal arts. Students become proficient in writing, oral communication, visual literacy and digital media skills. The College combines academic rigor and professional “hands-on” skills in all areas of communication, including television, film, radio, public relations, advertising, new media, journalism and communication theory. COM graduates have been recognized as some of the best in their respective fields, having won Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards and Clio Awards to name a few. Among them are CEOs, Hollywood directors and screen writers, stars in television and radio, and White House staffers.

COM Opportunities


AdLab, PR Lab and Hothouse Productions

Our student-run communications agencies, AdLab, PR Lab and Hothouse Productions, provide professional experience with real clients.


The Los Angeles Internship Program

A semester of study and work in the heart of the film and television industry. Learn more about LA.


The Washington Journalism Center

The chance to spend a semester reporting and studying in the best political city in the world. Learn more about D.C.


The Boston University State House Program

Gives students the opportunity to work as correspondents for leading Massachusetts daily news outlets. Learn more about the State House Program.


butv10 and WTBU

The on-campus TV station (butv10.com) and radio station (wtburadio.org) are run by students and supervised by faculty with extensive experience in broadcasting.



A variety of internship programs give students real-life experience in journalism, film and television, multimedia and mass communication, or advertising. National Public Radio-affiliate WBUR is licensed to the University, providing students with internships and employment opportunities.


Dual degree programs

Available in Media Ventures and Mass Communication & Law. A joint degree is available in International Relations & Communication.

COM by the Numbers

Students 2,269
Faculty 165
Alumni 21,301
Degrees Awarded 862
Year Established 1947

Numbers include full-time and part-time students both undergraduate and graduate; full-time and part-time faculty; and all undergraduate and graduate degrees. These are the most recent numbers available. See more University statistics.