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

Core Courses

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

Required Courses

  • COMM 240 Intermediate Graphic Design II: Typography
  • COMM 244 Web Design
  • CS 113 GUI and Event-Driven Programming
  • CS 321 Web-Centric Computing and Web Technologies


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

  • CS 227 Computer Networks
  • CS 327 Cybersecurity
  • CS 333 Database Management
  • CS 343/ Systems Analysis & Design/ LIS 486
  • COMM 246 Digital Imaging
  • COMM 248 Intermediate Graphic Design II: Type and Image
  • COMM 333 Web II
  • COMM 340 Advanced Design

Senior Seminar

  • COMM 344 Senior Seminar

Independent Learning

Students may choose to take independent studies and internships from either the Communications Department or the Computer Science Program. This will depend on the nature of the independent study or internship. Students may also opt to take COMM 390: Studio 5 for their independent learning requirement.

Degree Options

With the approval of their advisors, students may choose whether to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or of Science, depending on which discipline they have chosen the preponderance of their course work.

Please keep in mind that this is a unique integration of visual communications and computer science. As such, it will not function as simply a Communications concentration nor as a Computer Science major.

Minor Requirements


  • CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 321 Web Centric Programming
  • COMM 121 Visual Communications
  • COMM 244 Design for the World Wide Web
  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design OR CS 333 Database Design and Implementation
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
    • Professor and Division Director of MCS, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Informatics
    • Phone: 617-521-2705
    • Office: M110
    Ellen Grabiner
    • Ellen Grabiner
    • Associate Professor and Chair of Communications, Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Minor
    • Phone: 617-521-2827
    • Office: E121
    Bruce Tis
    • Bruce Tis
    • Adjunct Faculty
    • Phone: 617-521-2703
    • Office: M343
How to Apply
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