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 department offers a program in Communications, a joint program between Communications and The Business School in Public Relations and Marketing Communications, a joint program between Communications and Computer Science in Web Design and Development, and two Complete Degree programs, which are entirely on-line and geared toward adult learners. The course requirements for these programs follow.

BA in Communications

Communications majors must complete 42 credits in Communications, including 3 required core courses, 2 1-credit technology skills workshops, 4 courses in the concentration, 2 courses outside their concentration, and an independent learning capstone experience.

Step One: Core Requirements

All Communications students take a three-course core:

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

Step Two: Technology Workshops

All students complete at least two-credits of technology skill-based courses:
COMM 110 Introduction to 2D Design Technology 1
COMM 112 Introduction to Animation & Motion Graphics Technology 1
COMM 114 Introduction to Audio and Video Editing 1

Step Three: Course Distribution

Courses are broadly organized around the areas of Design, Integrated Media, and Journalism.

Students take 4 courses in one of the areas below, and 2 courses distributed in the other two areas. At least two of these six courses should be at the 300 level.

 

DesignIntegrated MediaJournalism
COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design (S/F) COMM 120 Communications Media (S1, S2) COMM 181 Public Speaking and Presentation (S1)
COMM 230 Design Thinking (S1) COMM 163 Radio Operations and Performance (F1, F2)COMM 215 Blogging and Op-Ed (F2)
COMM 240 - Intermediate Graphic Design I: Typography (F1, F2)COMM 186 Introduction to Public Relations and Integrated Marketing Communications (F1, F2)COMM 260 Journalism (F1, F2) 
COMM 244 Web Design (F1, F2)COMM 224 Storytelling (F1, F2) 
COMM 263 Social Media Journalism (F2)
COMM 246 Digital Imaging (S1, S2)COMM 220 Video Production (F1, F2)
COMM 310 In-Depth Storytelling (S1)
COMM 248 Intermediate Graphic Design II: Type and Image (S2)COMM 222 Animation (S2) COMM 312 Health Communications (S1, S2)
COMM 286 Advertising and Branding (S1, S2) COMM 262 Media Convergence COMM 320 Media and the First Amendment (F1, F2) 
COMM 333 Responsive Design (S2) 
COMM 269 Globalization: InterCultural Communications (periodic travel course) COMM 322 Video Journalism (S1)
 COMM 340 Advanced Design (S1) COMM 281 Content Creation and Strategies (F1, F2) 
COMM 327 Culture of the News (S2)
 COMM 323 Digital Cultures (S1, S2)
 
 COMM 324 Social Media: Social Listening and Analytics (F2) 

Step Four: Capstone

Students choose one capstone independent learning experience in the senior year:
COMM 380 Capstone Internship 0
COMM 390 Studio 5: A Communication Workplace 4

Design Concentration

In addition to the Communications Core, Technology Workshops, and Capstone, students take 4 courses in the Design column and 2 in Journalism and/or Integrated Media.

Journalism Concentration

In addition to the Communications Core, Technology Workshops, and Capstone, students take 4 courses in the Journalism column and 2 in Design and/or Integrated Media.

Integrated Media Concentration

In addition to the Communications Core, Technology Workshops, and Capstone, students take 4 courses in the Integrated Media column and 2 in Design and/or Journalism.
The Complete Degree program in digital communications provides adult degree completers an opportunity to participate in a high-touch online experience with the values, teaching styles and priorities found in the on-the-ground communications program. This program accommodates, acknowledges, and prepares students for the rapid changes in all areas of communications The combination of required and elective courses that comprise the Communications program, explores the nuances of visual, written, and verbal communication across multiple platforms. As students examine how messages can generate meaning, they focus on honing a vision and voice as a communicator.

Step One: Core

COMM 121 Visual Communication 4
COMM 124 Media, Messages and Society 4

Step Two: Required Courses

COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design: Principles and Practice 4
COMM 244 Web I: Design for the World Wide Web 4
COMM 281 Content Creation and Strategy 4
COMM 286 Intro to Advertising Practice and Branding 4
COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media 4

Step Four: Capstone Experience

 
COMM 344 Senior Seminar: Storytelling 4

Step Three: Electives

Choose Two:
COMM 230 Photography and Collaboration 4
COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design 4
COMM 262 Media Convergence 4
COMM 263 Social Media Journalism 4
COMM 312 Health Communications 4
COMM 320 Media and the First Amendment 4

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. 

Minors

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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