Undergraduate Curricula

Freshman–Sophomore Curriculum

(Foundation Coursework)

During their first semester, undergraduate students in the College of Communication take three liberal arts courses and COM CO 101 The World of Communication, which is the core communication course. In subsequent semesters of the first two years, course requirements allow for limited flexibility while ensuring that some depth of knowledge is achieved. Students should become familiar with the requirements and give careful thought to the choices they make.

The required course for all COM undergraduate students is:

  • COM CO 101 The World of Communication (must be taken with a C or higher to continue in COM, can only be retaken once, cannot count twice for credit)

Undergraduate students must also fulfill a second introductory course, which is dependent upon the student’s planned major. For potential Film & Television students, that course is:

  • COM FT 201 Screen Language

For potential Journalism, Cinema & Media Studies, and Communication (Advertising, Public Relations, Communication Studies) students, that course is:

  • COM CO 201 Introduction to Communication Writing

Students who take FT 201 but then decide to major in a different field in COM would need to also then take CO 201, and vice versa.

A variety of other communications courses, designated by the appropriate department, may be taken sophomore year.

In a normal undergraduate program of 
32 courses, totaling 128 credit hours, students take an average of 15 professional courses and 17 liberal arts courses unless otherwise specified by an individual department.

Students take four English literature and composition courses; two history courses; one statistics course; one general math, natural science, or computer science course; two language courses; two courses in the social sciences; one philosophy course; and one liberal arts elective. The precise curriculum requirements are available in the Undergraduate Affairs office, Room 123, at the College of Communication, or on the Undergraduate Affairs website.

Junior–Senior Curriculum

For the last two years of undergraduate study, students pursue a major within one of the College’s departments. The program of study in each department includes professionally oriented courses as well as liberal arts courses. These courses are specified in the program section for each department.


Students at the College of Communication can declare a minor in any subject offering one, even subjects within the College of Communication that do not overlap with the declared major. Courses completed toward a minor can count toward foundation requirements and electives, depending on their subject matter. Minors often include 5 to 8 requirements encompassing a more advanced pursuit of a subject without requiring a full major. Potential minors are listed in the Bulletin for each offering school or college.

Double Majors in COM

Students are also allowed to declare a second major within COM. Double Majors allow students in COM to obtain valuable skills across multiple disciplines, providing them with unique professional opportunities upon graduation. Acquiring vast knowledge in more than one field is highly encouraged and can provide distinct challenges as a student, and those interested should speak at length with advisors at Undergraduate Affairs and within the faculty before considering it.

Students are required to complete all of the necessary requirements toward each major in order to earn the Double Major. Both majors are listed on a diploma, in the order in which they were declared. This is not the same as a Dual Degree program, in which students receive two separate diplomas from two different departments or schools at BU. In this case, the degree would remain as one Bachelor of Science, just with two majors listed (i.e., Bachelor of Science in Film & Television and Journalism).