Student Services & Resources

All COM undergraduates receive academic advising from the Undergraduate Affairs office. As students prepare to enter their junior year, they officially declare majors, allowing for a stronger professional mentoring partnership with faculty from their department. Students should meet an advisor at Undergraduate Affairs at least once each semester to evaluate requirements and discuss opportunities such as minors, Dual Degree, double majors within COM, elective coursework, study abroad programs, and other University resources. These meetings also allow students and advisors to discuss the ways in which courses relate to programs and to careers. While students are not assigned a specific academic advisor, all of the advisors are available to speak with daily and can meet with students beginning at Summer Orientation all the way through to Commencement.

Students who have officially declared majors in COM are also assigned a designated faculty advisor within their department. This advisor is dedicated to providing guidance for professional opportunities, internships, career mentoring, and other field-related matters. Advisors are assigned by the department but can be changed by request.

Feel free to contact COM Undergraduate Affairs at comugrad@bu.edu with any questions.

The Graduate Affairs office, led by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs, manages all aspects of admission, retention, academic policy, student life, and services for graduate students in the College of Communication. Graduate Affairs works closely with department and program chairs, student groups, and other offices and departments both within and outside of the College. Graduate students should direct any questions to comgrad@bu.edu.

The College of Communication Career Development office provides a multitude of services and resources to COM students and alumni. Career counseling is available to assist students and alumni in exploring and researching communication careers, discussing their findings and proposed career goals, and receiving professional input on the appropriate steps toward those goals.

A variety of workshops and seminars are offered throughout the school year to enhance students’ upcoming internship and job searches. Workshops include information on resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, networking using LinkedIn, job interviewing skills, portfolio presentation, negotiating salaries, and understanding benefits.

Special events held throughout the school year include COM Job Fairs, numerous company information sessions, and alumni-student networking events.

A resume specialist is available throughout the week to work one-on-one with students and alumni to critique resumes and cover letters.

Internships are an important component to a student’s education at the College of Communication. Internships play a vitally important role in exposing students to the day-to-day operations of television and radio stations, advertising, marketing and public relations agencies, newspapers, magazines, production houses, and internet and design firms, among others. Additionally, students gain valuable experience to include on their resumes. COM Career Development utilizes BU Handshake, our online career management system that provides job and internship listings exclusively for BU students and alumni. Hundreds of opportunities can be found through BU Handshake for both summer and academic year internships.

The COM Career Development website contains information on office hours, services and staff, links to BU Handshake, our calendar of events, ways to connect with us on social media, information on networking, special opportunities, as well as resume and cover letter samples.

For more information concerning COM Career Development, call 617-353-3490 or email comjobs@bu.edu.

Research is an integral part of faculty activities in the College of Communication (COM) at Boston University. Researchers at COM use the most advanced theory and methods to examine communication phenomena. Addressing both theoretical and applied problems and their intersection from quantitative and qualitative perspectives, faculty engage in the most cutting-edge developments in communication research that provide an extraordinarily fertile ground for innovation and science.

The Communication Research Center (CRC) was established in 1959 and reorganized in 1994. The CRC pioneered the use of television as a research tool, conducting systematic analyses on the effects of television on children and measuring political opinions and voting intentions. This early beginning led the CRC to develop a specialty in survey research methodology.

Today, the CRC has 30 research fellows who specialize in topics including: media effects, emerging media, political communication, health communication, public relations, film and television studies, media and adolescents, international communication, design and visual analytics, and legal aspects of communication. Several research faculty also serve as editors of competitive peer-reviewed journals.

The CRC has recently updated a number of research tools such as the iMotions biometric research platform which allows faculty and students to examine physiological responses to media (e.g., websites, ads, television programs, and video games). Other recent additions include a virtual reality system which aids faculty and students to investigate issues related to psychological presence, empathy, and immersive storytelling.

More information about the CRC, including the facilities and technology available for public use, can be found here.

The College of Communication Writing Center (located in Room B27A) provides free assistance to students. The center’s tutors advise students on all types of writing, but specialize in formats related to the COM departments: journalism; mass communication, advertising, and public relations; and film and television.

The tutors are drawn from the finest writers in COM’s graduate school. Working one-on-one with the student, a tutor will address whatever issues concern the student, such as organization, logic, concision, clarity, style, and grammar. A student can come in at any stage of the writing process—from brainstorming a topic to polishing a final draft.

The center is open Monday through Friday, with walk-in hours available Monday through Thursday.

Field Production Services (FPS) houses all of the production gear needed to complete your audio/visual projects. From cameras, lights, and microphones to recorders, dollies, and shoulder rigs, FPS is fully equipped for all levels of production. Students in need of equipment can make a reservation online at any time. FPS hours are 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Center for Mobile Communication Studies (CMCS) is the world’s first academic unit to focus solely on social aspects of mobile communication. The mission of the Center is to deepen the College of Communication’s core focus on mediated communication in undergraduate and graduate coursework and outreach, as well as to serve as an international focal point for research, teaching, and service on the social, psychological, and organizational consequences of the burgeoning mobile communication revolution.