Core Courses

  • 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: Photography Fundamentals
    This course welcomes all students from the College of Communication as well as those throughout Boston University. In this course, students will learn traditional shooting and editing skills using a DSLR. Students can also use a smart phone and cloud-based editing to cover photo assignments. CO305 Photography Fundamentals covers: camera operation, image processing, image tagging, caption writing, and publishing. Assignments will be processed in black and white during the first half of the semester, color is introduced later in the course. We will cover the basics of file management and creating a photo portfolio. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • COM CO 500: Directed Study
  • COM CO 520: COM Co-Op
  • COM CO 532: Copyediting Fundamentals
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First-Year Writing Seminar (WR 120 or equivalent).
    Part grammar lab and part editing workshop, Copyediting Fundamentals offers a deep dive into developing effective prose style for different areas, including reports, articles, essays, and press releases. Students get instruction in grammar, usage, and copyediting--beyond the AP Style Guide and across genres. The course provides an in-depth look at changes in usage over time and equips students with necessary skills for using various style guides or creating their own. Writers and editors across the university will gain an understanding of how closely their reputations are linked to clean copy. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing- Intensive Course, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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.