COM Advising Model
The College of Communication (COM) offers students a dual advising model. Students will have access to our professional advising staff through the COM Undergraduate Affairs Office (COM, room 123) and also have an assigned faculty advisor through their major department.
While students are not assigned a specific professional advisor though COM Undergraduate Affairs, we do find that many students will often build a relationship and rapport with one particular advisor and meet with them throughout their college career. An appointment with a COM Undergraduate Affairs professional advisor may be scheduled by stopping by our office (COM, room 123) or by calling (617-353-3471). While many students do continue to meet with the same professional advisor each time, they are not required to do so. Students may request a specific advisor or simply select to meet with an advisor with the earliest available appointment time. Our professional advisors keep detailed notes on advising interactions that allow the next advisor to seamlessly assist our students. Students sometimes do not continue to meet with the same professional advisor each time for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, scheduling conflicts, advisor specialty and student choice.
Professional Academic Advising
The COM Undergraduate Affairs professional advisors discuss:
• Advising on remaining requirements for graduation
• Advising on COM foundation requirements
• Advising on requirements for the CAS Focus (though suggestions regarding an appropriate CAS Focus subject area may be applicable to faculty advisors)
• Advising on the mechanics of Double Majors, the Dual Degree Program, Minors, Intra University Transfer, Study Abroad, summer course approvals, AP credits, IB credits, transfer credits, etc.
• Advising on possible personal and social issues
• Advising regarding academic difficulty or academic probation
• Signing off on a student’s semester schedule plan (COM single degree students do not have advising codes)
• Advising on University resources
During the spring semester of the sophomore year COM students will formally declare or verify their intended COM major. Following this sophomore major declaration process, COM students are assigned a specific faculty advisor. While sophomore COM students will not be assigned a faculty advisor until late in the spring semester, the faculty is available for freshmen and undeclared sophomores during their office hours for general discussions about the major and accompanying industry. A listing of faculty office hours is posted outside of each department. The Film and Television Department is located in COM, room 118; the Journalism Department is located in COM, room 131; and the Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations Department is located in COM, room 126.
The faculty advisors’ advisors discuss topics including:
• Professional/educational mentoring
• A sounding board to learn more about the major and accompanying industry
• Advice regarding potential internships and jobs
• The faculty have a general knowledge of the degree requirements within their major field (specific COM major courses, please speak with an Undergraduate Affairs professional advisor to confirm graduation requirements)
• Advice on which specific major classes will help a student work towards reaching their educational and professional goals.
• Advice on extracurricular activities that relate to the major field
• Discussion on educational and career goals
• Providing networking connections between advisees and alumni in the communication industries
Contact Undergraduate Affairs
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a COM Undergraduate Affairs Professional Advisor call 617-353-3471 or stop by our office COM 123. You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COM Foundation Requirements
COM Major Requirements
The departmental curriculum guides for call COM majors can be found on our forms page.
Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations Curriculum Guide
Film & Television Curriculum Guide (Students entering Boston University Fall 2015 and later)
Film & Television Curriculum Guide (Students entering Boston University prior to Fall 2015)
Journalism Curriculum Guide
Cinema Media Studies Curriculum Guide
COM minors are open to all BU students, including COM students. COM students may minor in another department within COM. COM students must still complete their CAS Focus. Students that have previously declared a COM minor may still complete that minor. However, if a student would like to enroll in the new COM minor (which allows more flexibility) students will have to re-declare the new COM minor. Students wishing to enroll in the newly created minors must first complete COM CO 201 with a grade of C or better. The participating COM department must sign off on the COM Minor Form. The student would then take that form to their home school (Undergraduate Affairs, room 123 for COM students). Please review the COM Minor Video for more details on how to proceed.
If you are looking for forms, including, but not limited to, transfer credit approval, DDP, intra-university transfer or distribution requirements, please browse our forms for download.
COM Undergraduate Affairs Information
COM Undergraduate Affairs sends out information via email each Wednesday to all current COM undergraduates. If you have something to include in the COM newsletter, please email the information (no longer than 100 words) to email@example.com by Tuesday at noon.
Intra-University Transfer into COM
We have posted this video to explain the intra-university transfer process. The grade in the gateway course, COM CO 101, is a C. (updated 10/09/14)
COM CO 101
Fall 2017: COM CO 101 is available in Fall 2017 for students interested in majoring in COM on a space available basis (seats will be reserved for incoming freshmen and new transfer students from outside of BU). Seats will open at your assigned registration time.
Undergraduate Affairs Organizations
If you are looking for more information on how to join or how to utilize Undergraduate Affairs Organizations (COM Ambassadors, COMSA or Champions) please see our guide to Undergraduate Affairs Organizations.