Boston University Advising Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

Academic Advising is integral to the teaching mission of the University and engages students in a collaborative process to explore academic and co-curricular opportunities as part of a plan to realize academic, career and life goals.

The learning outcomes for academic advising are a shared responsibility in each school and college. Through academic advising students will be able to:

  • Articulate the intent of general education, school/college, and program requirements.
  • Craft, execute and continually assess a coherent educational plan, including post graduate options, based on assessment of abilities, aspirations, interests, and values.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the policies and procedures that guide progress to the degree.
  • Identify and access campus resources and co-curricular opportunities to help reach educational, career and life goals.

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 mentor through their major department.

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 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. We find that many students will often build a relationship and rapport with one particular advisor and meet with them throughout their college career. 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 BU HUB 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

Faculty Mentoring

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 mentor. While sophomore COM students will not be assigned a faculty mentor 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 124.

The faculty mentors 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
• Provide networking connections between advisees and alumni in the communication industries

BU HUB Requirements

BU HUB requirements are for freshmen entering Boston University (BU) Fall 2018 and forward, and transfer students entering BU Fall 2020 and forward.

The BU Hub is our University-wide general education program that emphasizes working across disciplines to prepare for a complex and diverse world. In the Hub, students can explore a variety of courses and innovative learning experiences and create their own personal educational pathway. The Hub does not mandate that every student take a specific set of courses. Instead, it will help them develop six essential capacities that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning and leading. Students will earn 26 units within the 6 capacities:

• The Intellectual Tool Kit (8 units)
• Scientific and Social Inquiry (3 units)
• Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship (4 units)
• Communication (6 units)
• Quantitative Reasoning (2 units)
• Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Historical Interpretation (3 units)

COM Foundation Requirements

COM Foundation Requirements are for freshmen enrolled at Boston University prior to Fall 2018 and transfer students prior to Fall 2020.

The COM Foundation Requirements, along with all of our departmental curriculum guides, can be found on our Curriculum Guides and Minors page. If you have questions, please contact COM Undergraduate Affairs, room 123.

COM Major Requirements

The departmental curriculum guides for all COM majors can be found on our Curriculum Guides and Minors page.

COM Minors

COM minors are open to all BU students, including COM students. COM majors may minor in a different department within COM. COM students cannot minor in an area offered within their major department.  COM students (who entered BU as freshmen prior to fall 2018 or entered BU as transfer students prior to fall 2020) must still complete their CAS Focus. You can find COM’s minor offerings our Curriculum Guides and Minors page.

Forms and COM Policies

If you are looking for forms and information on COM policies, including, but not limited to, transfer credit approval, Dual Degree Program (DDP), or intra-university transfer (IUT), please browse our Forms page.

COM Undergraduate Affairs Newsletter

COM Undergraduate Affairs sends a newsletter to all our majors each Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. We encourage all students to review the newsletter each week for important updates, information, and upcoming events.  Please do not unsubscribe from the COM newsletter.  Once a student unsubscribes from the newsletter, we cannot re-subscribe you.  If you are a non-COM student who would like to be added to the weekly newsletter distribution list please contact us at comugrad@bu.edu.  If you have something to include in the COM newsletter, please email the information (no longer than 100 words) to comugrad@bu.edu by Tuesday at noon.

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 questions at comugrad@bu.edu.