Build something beautiful.

You'll critically understand every element of website development — from designing the perfect layout to writing the code behind the scenes — and build innovative, interactive websites.

Web design and development combines classes from the communications and computer science departments. Alongside our experienced faculty, you'll blend theory with practice, building sophisticated websites with modern programming language and solving complex technical issues.

Our students hone their design and technical abilities and go on to successful careers in a wide range of industries.
Program Requirements

Step One: Core

The core classes focus on providing students with a foundation for the other steps in their major. 

  • COMM 121 Visual Communication 
  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design 
  • CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science

Step Two: Developmental

  • COMM 240 Typography
  • COMM 244 Web I: Design for the World Wide Web
  • CS 113 GUI and Event-Driven Programming
  • CS 321 Web-Centric Computing and Web Technologies

Step Three: Electives
Students take three electives, not all from the same discipline (CS/COMM):

  • CS 227 Computer Networks
  • CS 327 Cybersecurity
  • CS 333 Database Management Systems
  • COMM 340 Type and Image
  • COMM 348 Advanced Design
  • COMM 333 Web II: Motion Graphics

Step Four: Senior Seminar Core

COMM 39544 Senior Seminar

Step Five: Independent Learning

Minor Requirements

Interdisciplinary Minor in Web Design and Development


  • CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science 
  • COMM 121 Visual Communications 
  • COMM 244 Design for the World Wide Web 
  • CS 321 Web Centric Programming and Web Technologies 
  • Either COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design OR CS 333 Database Management Systems
Customize Your Program

You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals. The Department of Computer Science and Informatics offers many closely-related programs — such as health informatics, information technology and computer science — as well as integrated BS/MS programs and the 3+1 Computer Science/MS in Library and Information Science.

Internships and Research

Hands-on research experience is a key part of a Simmons science education. Research opportunities are open to students as early as the freshman year. All students engage in two semesters of Independent Learning as part of their program.

    • Nanette Veilleux
    • Director of Computer Science and Informatics Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2705
    • Office: P212E
    Ellen Grabiner
    • Ellen Grabiner
    • Associate Professor and Chair of Communications, Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Minor
    • Phone: 617-521-2827
    • Office: L301
    Bruce Tis
    • Bruce Tis
    • Associate Professor, Computer Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2703
    • Office: P212D
How to Apply
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