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A student manning a studio camera pursuing a Communication degree from Curry CollegeWant to be a part of Boston’s news or entertainment scene? Or maybe you want to head for the Hollywood hills, design Times Square billboards, or lend your voice to the world of politics in DC. A Curry College Communication degree can take you to the center of it all – long before you graduate.

Today, it’s not enough to know how to report a story, how TV production works, or how to write for radio. You need to understand it all. At Curry, students studying PR learn video production. Students studying film learn about journalism. No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll gain a well rounded education to set you apart.

Program Information and Requirements

Core Requirements:

Course # Course Name Credits
COM 1010 Fundamentals of Communication 3
COM 1030 Career Speech: Voice & Articulation 3
COM 1300 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COM 2230 Writing for Communication 3
COM 2290 Media Literacy 3
COM 3970 Communication Research & Theory 3
COM 3902 Communication Issues Seminar 3
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In the following areas, students should be guided by the concentration requirements.

ORAL COMMUNICATION
Choose one of the following:

COM 1410 Acting I 3
COM 2010 Public Speaking 3
COM 2030 Oral Interpretation 3
COM 2100 Managerial Communication 3


Written Communication
Choose one of the following:

COM 2200 Writing for Broadcast Media 3
COM 2210 Writing for Online and Print Media 3
COM 2220 Screenwriting for Film and Television 3
COM 2476 Scriptwriting 3
COM 2800 Publicity Techniques 3
COM 2900 Multimedia Journalism 3


Introductory Courses
Choose one of the following:

COM 1710 Introduction to Broadcasting 3
COM 2120 Rhetorical Criticism 3
COM 2390 Writing About Sports 3
COM 2400 Dramatic Literature 3
COM 2492 Introduction to Film: The History of Film 3
COM 2640 Video Games: A Cultural History 3
COM 2740 Television Producing and Production 3
COM 2790 Principles of Public Relations 3


Electives:
A total of up to 3 credits of Practica/Directorship/Internship/Independent Studio/Improvisation may be applied to the COM Electives category.

A. 2000-level in COM___ 3
B. 2000/3000/4000-level in COM___ 3
C. 3000/4000-level in COM___ 3
D. 3000/4000-level in COM___ 3
Total Credits: 42

A Communication minor involves taking a minimum of 15 credits in Communication courses at the 2000/3000 levels with at least three credits at the 3000-level.

Minoring in Communication with a Concentration:
Students may also pursue courses in fields like Corporate Communication, Radio/Audio Production, Multimedia Sports Journalism, Public Relations, Film, Television/Digital Video and Video Game Studies, as a minor. Use the courses housed within the concentration in order to complete this type of minor.

Minoring in Theatre requirements:
COM 1410: Acting One or COM 2450: Stage Craft Concepts plus 12 other credits from within the Theatre concentration.

The "Three A's"

  • Academics
  • Aesthetics
  • Applications


Communication is at the core of who we are as human beings and as citizens of a diverse world. The ability to write clearly, to speak and listen well, and to express one's self and one's ideas is at the heart of success, in any profession.

The mission of the department of Communication is to graduate students who are schooled in the academics, historical underpinnings, theory, traditions and tenets of communication ... who understand and appreciate the standards of excellence in communication, and have a strong aesthetic sensibility ... and who are able to apply aesthetics and academics in the communication praxis, the practical applications of learning, in their futures - careers, personal, and professional lives.

The "Three A's" form the cornerstone of the following learning goals for our students:

  1. Oral Communication:  Students will understand the preparation and presentation competencies necessary for oral communication in a variety of contexts, as both a speaker and a listener
  2. Written Communication: Synthesis and analysis of the written text; proficiency in utilizing standard forms of writing and grammar for a variety of audiences in multiple contexts
  3. Research and Theoretical Competency:  Competency in modeling and theorizing basic communication phenomena, and using foundational research techniques in basic and applied contexts.
  4. Historical Recognition:  Knowledge of the history of communication and understanding the transformation and progression of communication on society
  5. Aesthetic Sensibility:  Competency in understanding the constant interplay between form and content in various communication modalities
  6. Adapting and Innovating:  Competency in interpreting and adapting communication messages to global audiences in a constantly changing media environment  
  7. Critical Thinking: Critical evaluation of the credibility of both source and information in order to make informed, ethical communicative choices (or decisions).
  8. Personal Identity:  Awareness of the self in process and its impact on interaction with others
  9. Application/Development:  Through experiential learning opportunities, researching communication industries, and exposure to professional journals, students will develop career interests allowing them to prepare to use their communication skills in the professional world.


Goal One: Oral Communication

  • Demonstrate preparation and research skills for oral presentations
  • Develop proper listening skills
  • Articulate and enunciate words and sentences clearly and efficiently
  • Show confidence and clarity in public speaking projects
  • Demonstrate ability to gather information and apply it to persuade or articulate one's own point of view


Goal Two: Written Communication

  • Understand the rules of spelling and grammar
  • Read and analyze text and be able to summarize ideas in writing
  • Organize thoughts in a manner that emphasizes flow and paragraph development
  • Learn proper footnoting and bibliography skills
  • Understand different writing techniques and styles based on the communication medium being used


Goal Three:  Research and Theory

  • Interpret and utilize various theories and apply them to current communication models
  • Describe theories and offer examples of how they have been utilized in communication
  • Demonstrate the ability to research topics and present them using various mediums, including written reports, group presentations, and multimedia projects


Goal Four:  Historical Recognition

  • Show an awareness of the major historical moments in communication history
  • Identify historical connections to present-day communication challenges
  • Evaluate how the future of communication will be impacted by past models


Goal Five: Aesthetic Sensibility

  • Analyze how communication models impact the sender/receiver in various formats
  • Differentiate between the message and the medium
  • Understand the communication differences when working with various cultures around the world


Goal Six: Adapting and Innovating

  • Demonstrate awareness of various communication formats and their evolving nature
  • Describe the differences and challenges in using each medium for your message
  • Determine the best uses for each communication medium and work on incorporating them into your life
  • Recognize the importance of global communication and your role in the larger world


Goal Seven: Critical Thinking

  • Question the theories and paradigms in communication research
  • Understand the laws and ethics involved in communication
  • Examine and critique media arguments and verify accuracy


Goal Eight: Personal Identity

  • Assess your strength and weaknesses to better assist you in career development
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with a variety of personality types
  • Provide evidence of growth in the communication field through work performed in classes and in experiential learning opportunities


Goal Nine: Application/Development

  • Explore trade publications and websites closely related to your career field(s)
  • Provide examples of experiential learning opportunities that you have participated in that have helped develop your communication skills in a professional environment
  • Research prospective communication industries and individuals that will give you access to career opportunities

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We're excited you're considering our outstanding Curry College academic programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.