Pursue your Communications major with Simmons University

Students in our Communications degree at Simmons University are progressive and innovative, whether they're working on a publication, shooting a video, designing a website, or crafting a clever tweet.

Students working on a video project

Why pursue a degree in Communications?

Communication is key in all aspects of life; it is how we interact, connect, and make impressions on each other and the world around us. The Communications degree at Simmons University focuses on how people use messages to generate meaning within and across contexts, cultures, channels, and media.

Generating and conveying meaning is central to the work we do in our Communications major, as is an emphasis on media convergence—the intersection and interaction of the multiple media disciplines.

The skills attained and fine-tuned in the Communications degree are indispensable for students as they enter the many niches of the communications fields.

Within the Communications Department, students are able to tailor their degree program to match their career goals, by choosing from a mix of courses in Design, Journalism or Integrated Media. Simmons also offers an online Communications degree program for adult learners.

What will a BA in Communications teach you?

The Communications major consists of forty (42) credit hours. Three core courses are required for all Communications majors: Visual Communication, Media Writing and Editing, and Media, Messages, & Society.

With guidance from their faculty advisor, students in the Communications major have the flexibility to creatively design their own distribution of courses, drawing from the areas of Graphic Design, Journalism, and Integrated Media.

For adult learners studying in the [email protected] online program, the Communications major offers an emphasis in Digital Communications.

In addition to the three core courses, and the six courses drawn from the areas listed above, students in our Communications degree program are required to take an independent learning capstone experience. Please refer to the Program Requirements for Communications majors below for more detailed information or view all the Communications course descriptions.

Graduates of our Communications degree find positions in advertising, news, editing, event planning, social media, video and audio production, design, and writing. The tools of the communications sphere are constantly evolving, but the knowledge and skills students develop in the BA in Communications degree program enable them to stay ahead of the curve in any endeavor.

Bachelor’s degree in Communications admission requirements

Students interested in applying to the undergraduate Communications degree program must submit the following items to be considered for undergraduate admission:

  • Completed Application
  • High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores
  • TOEFL Scores (required if English is not your first language)
  • College Essay College Transcript (if applicable)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one teacher, one counselor)

Learn more about Simmons University’s Communications major requirements and our first-year undergraduate application process for Communications majors, including deadlines and what we look for in an applicant.

What can you do with a Communications degree?

In the Communications major, students master the creative as well as the technical skills necessary to negotiate a collaborative working environment. They think critically about media and apply that thinking to hands-on class projects and exciting internships with companies like the Boston Ballet and Harvard Medical School.

Jobs for communications majors range from working in media, the arts, marketing, public relations, journalism, and various other industries. Job titles for careers in communications include:

  • Public Relations Manager
  • Content Manager and Strategist
  • Community Engagement Manager
  • Marketing/Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Video Journalist
  • Audio Producer
  • Reporter
  • Digital Reporter & Producer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Web Designer

Find out more about our Communications major!

Simmons’ Bachelor of Arts in Communications explores the nuances of visual, written, and verbal communication to equip students to excel across their chosen professions. We encourage you to reach out to our faculty with any questions—their contact information can be found below. You can also request more information about our Communications major, schedule a campus tour, or find out how to apply today!

The Communications Core Requirements

The major requires three core courses that explore the areas of media and society, writing and editing, visual communication and the technology currently driving emerging media. A blend of theory and hands-on, practical projects prepare students for further developmental work in one of the department’s areas of concentration.

COMM 121 Visual Communication 4
COMM 122 Media Writing Bootcamp 4
COMM 124 Media, Messages and Society 4

Students should complete the three core courses by the end of the second year of study in a four-year program. A student should declare their major at the end of the sophomore year. In this recommended sequence, the student would complete the core and then declare an area of concentration.

Concentration Requirements

Each concentration has three or four required courses, normally taken in sequence. These courses can be taken during the first two years of a student’s program, concurrently with core requirements, provided the student takes the necessary prerequisite core courses first.

Students may choose between two and three electives from a list of courses relevant to each area of concentration. This allows students optimum flexibility and an opportunity to build competencies across areas of the discipline.

Senior Seminar/Storytelling (Capstone Experience)

This required capstone course extends the theoretical underpinnings offered while providing students with an opportunity to develop a senior project that reflects and synthesizes all they have learned in the department. The course explores the many roles stories play in the shaping of human experience, the elements that comprise successful narratives, and the ways that digital technologies may disrupt our conventional understanding of how stories are shared.

Independent Learning Options (Capstone Experiences)

Students majoring in communications have four opportunities to complete the departmental requirement of 8 credits of independent learning. Students may take a maximum of 20 credits of independent learning.

COMM 350 Independent Study 4
COMM 370 Internship 0
COMM 380 Field Experience 0
COMM 390 Studio 5: A Communication Workplace 4

Graphic Design Concentration

Students may pursue a graphic design concentration focusing on print, web, and/or multimedia design.

Graphic Design Requirements:

Communications Core plus four required courses:

COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design: Principles and Practice 4
COMM 240 Intermediate Graphic Design I: Typography 4
COMM 248 Intermediate Graphic Design II 4
COMM 340 Advanced Design 4

Journalism Concentration

Students may pursue a concentration in journalism focusing on print, web, and multimedia platforms.

Journalism Requirements:

Media Arts Concentration

Students may pursue a media arts concentration that combines the crafting of oral, written, and visual messages and narratives across multiple platforms.

Media Arts Requirements

We encourage our students to tailor the Communications major to fit their interests. Simmons offers concentrations in Graphic Design, Media Arts, Journalism and dual-major and minor options, including two joint majors in Public Relations/Marketing Communications in collaboration with the School of Business and Web Design and Development in collaboration with Computer Sciences. Your advisor will help you develop the best path to meet your personal and professional goals. 


We also offer a minor in communications for students majoring in other areas. Students who wish to pursue a general minor in communications may do so by completing the three required core courses, along with two electives. Other concentration-specific minors available are:

Online BA in Communications

The communications major is also available to students in our online program. Join us on our digital campus to refine your voice and learn how to share your story with the world—from anywhere.

Independent Learning

Our students take advantage of internships at arts and cultural organizations in Boston and beyond, building their skills and resumes and learning from mentors in their fields.

Our students fulfill their independent learning and internship requirements in a variety of ways, including recent placements at Boston Herald, Harvard Medical School, Lesley College, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Boston Ballet, to name a few. 

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My experience at Meet the Press was incredibly hands-on... It was my first time working in media and I immediately fell in love with the industry... It isn’t something that I ever expected to pursue, but I’m really excited by the idea of it. 

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Erica Moura

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