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: 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.