Courses

The listing of a course description here does not guarantee a course’s being offered in a particular semester. Please refer to the published schedule of classes on the Student Link for confirmation a class is actually being taught and for specific course meeting dates and times.

  • COM CM 909: Thesis or Project Research
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    Course credits slated for students writing a thesis.
  • COM CO 101: The World of Communication: The Human Storyteller
    Undergraduate Corequisites: Students must have taken or be taking CAS WR120 or equivalent while taking COM CO101.
    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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • COM CO 201: Introduction to Communication Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy. (Students on the Hub cannot take WR100 as a pre-requisite.)
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • COM CO 305: Basic Photo
  • COM CO 500: Directed Study
  • COM CO 520: COM Co-Op
  • COM CO 532: Xgenre Copyedit
    Part grammar lab and part editing workshop, this course offers a deep dive into developing effective prose style for different areas of writing, including reports, articles, essays and advertising copy. Students discuss grammar, usage, and copyediting for accuracy and style--beyond the AP Style Guide and across multiple genres. The course provides a comprehensive look at changes in usage over time and equips students with the skills they need to use various style guides or create their own. Students also research and analyze the effectiveness of modern online tools developed to assist writers. In the service component of the course, students choose and create a curriculum-related resource for the community. Writers and editors in any area of concentration across the university will gain an understanding of how closely their reputations are linked to clean copy.
  • COM CO 575: COM Prof Exp
  • 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: Introduction to Emerging Media
    Drawing on social scientific research and relevant industry examples this course examines topics related to emerging media and new communication technologies. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic, and psychological, the course examines underlying dimensions and affordances of "emerging media" and, in turn, the psychological effects and social consequences of these technologies. Applications of theory to a variety of topics and social issues will be discussed.
  • COM EM 555: Measuring Media Effects: Experimental Design & Measurement
    This courses provides training in the logic, design, and implementation of experimental research methods. The course includes a practicum component, in which students employ novel laboratory research tools in the Communication Research Center to complete original empirical research on the use and effects of emerging media technologies. By the end of the course, students will have a sound understanding of the underlying rationale and purpose of experimental research and hands-on experience using cutting-edge research technologies (including biometrics such as galvanic skin response, eye- tracking, and facial expression analysis) for data collection and analysis related to media processing and effects.
  • 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 HTML, CSS, and Wordpress, as well as audience interfaces and analytics.
  • COM EM 761: Special Topics
    Specific issues in emerging media are brought into focus allowing for a thorough investigation. This course's content offers faculty and students an opportunity to explore the particular question. When the course is offered, the particular topic of focus will depend on the interests of faculty members, and will not be standardized.
  • COM EM 777: Masters Collaboratory Project
    This year long course introduces students to the theories, method and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences. It aims to do this through reading, practical applications and in-class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to work with local organization (the "project sponsor") in the Boston area to design and implement a research project. Throughout the process, students will work closely with their peers, the sponsor and the course instructors to develop the project and to evaluate work in progress.
  • COM EM 793: Psychology of Emerging Media
    This course examines the psychological aspects of emerging media. Theories and empirical research from communication, psychology, and human-computer studies will be used to explore: psychological responses to new media technologies; uses and effects of technological features, such as agency, navigability, and modality, on users' thoughts, emotions, and behaviors; the nature and dynamic of interpersonal and group interaction when mediated by new media technologies; cognitive and emotional processing of new media; issues of source, self, and privacy altered by new media.
  • COM EM 797: Connecting Humans: Networks, History and Social Media
    This course offers a critical survey of the cultural, social, and political impacts of emerging communication technologies, as they have advanced over time to contemporarily include online, mobile and social media. Special attention will be paid to networks and their relationship to the ways individuals, groups and organizations communicate within society. Our work here situates the changing nature of networks in media from broadcast network models to social network ones. As such, it is both historically informed and theoretically inclusive. An important component of study also incorporates an immersive social network experience as part of this class, which is to say that the class becomes its own online social network and students are peer collaborators.
  • COM EM 808: Upper-level Seminar
    The seminar will aim to enhance the core competencies in the areas of teaching, project management and leadership, communication, and self-awareness. Further, it will aim to add new perspectives in the areas of research skills and discipline-specific knowledge. Designed to develop and refine professional skills among graduate students. This course entails reflexive consideration of teaching practices and praxis, methods of professionalization, skills for success in the academic and non- academic intellectual environments, and effective self-presentation in higher- level settings. Additionally, on an intermittent basis, researchers and speakers from a variety of backgrounds present their views about research, theory, and professional achievement.
  • COM EM 831: Critical Studies, History and Philosophy of Emerging Media
    This course develops a high level of sophistication for students in the emerging media studies field concerning critical studies of emerging media as well as philosophical perspectives on emerging media. It aims to do this through readings, in-class discussions and analytical writing assignments. Through group discussion and classroom lecturers and analysis, students will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between critical approaches and philosophical and historical studies of emerging media. The merits and limitations of different methodological approaches and intellectual approaches are probed.
  • COM EM 847: Time, Place & Social Data: Advanced Issues in Large Scale Analysis & Visualization
    This course provides a specialized emphasis on data processing and predictive modeling through time series and panel regression modeling. In doing so, it trains students in advanced social-scientific methods for large-scale data analysis and visualization. This course also incorporates approaches that integrate the analysis and graphing of social data and corresponding networks using both time and spatial models.