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Communication at Curry College

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(Gary Leopold '77, President CP Travel)
You know the great thing about my time at curry was...I was a communication major and I think so much of leadership is really around communication. Giving people feedback, being able to set goals, being able to establish a vision.

(Kelly Lewicki '20, Communication Student)
So even though I do spend a lot of time in the TV studio with my concentration, TV and film isn't the only thing that you can study within the COM major at Curry. You can take an introductory level course in each one of those things before you decide what you think you want to study and it won't set you back at all.

(Libby Mercier '20, Communication Student)
My PR class right now is run like a real-world business and we've created these fake non-profit organizations and we're able to work with those as if we're real PR directors and that has prepared me so much. And it's kind of opened my eyes to what I could do with a PR concentration. I'm learning the skills here at Curry and they're preparing me for going into the real world.

Want to be a part of Boston’s sports, news or entertainment scene? Want to run your company’s social media operation? Or maybe you want to head for the Hollywood Hills, design Times Square billboards, or lend your voice to the world of politics in D.C. Our Communication degree can take you to the center of it all – long before you graduate.

Choose a COM Concentration...or two!

All Communication students choose a concentration based on a personal passion. Many even choose two concentrations, to further enhance their marketable skills.

Our Communication Concentrations include:


You may also create your own concentration through our Individually Initiated Concentration option. Examples of IICs include photojournalism, event planning, and political media management.

Semester in LA, NYC, and DC

Curry students can apply for a once in a lifetime experience – a semester away. Our students have lent their talents to Hollywood movie sets, to NBC, and even The White House. They’ve set the stage for the crime scenes on CBS’s Criminal Minds, and have learned how Jimmy Kimmel keeps us all laughing. These are just a few of the incredible opportunities available when you choose Curry.

The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many Communication industry careers include:

  • Filmmaker
  • Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Events Manager
  • Television Reporter
  • PR Director
  • Speech Writer
  • Human Resources Director
  • Audio Engineer
  • Producer
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Editor
  • Actor
  • Radio Broadcaster

Our Alumni in the Field

Our students and alumni are leading the way at:

  • Barstool Sports
  • Boston Casting, Inc.
  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • CVS Health
  • ESPN
  • iHeart Media Boston
  • Kiss 108
  • NASA
  • NESN
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies
  • Reebok International
  • Wayfair
  • And more!

Note: All COM majors are required to complete an internship or to work in a departmentally-approved experiential learning position, which would also fulfill the Gen Ed Active Learning requirement.

Core Requirements:

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

In the following areas, students should be guided by the concentration requirements.

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

Communication Content Courses
Choose one of the following:

COM 1710 Media and Broadcasting Basics 3
COM 2390 Writing About Sports 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
COM 3545 Modern Drama 3

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 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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The Internship Program at Curry College offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths by learning about their interests, skills, strengths, and values while acquiring course credits.

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WMLN Radio

WMLN is completely student-run, under the supervision of Director of Radio, Professor Ken Carberry '80. Students can get involved in a variety of positions from day one on campus - and even host their own shows!

Curry College students run the CC8 TV studio


CC8 is Curry College's television station, housed in our state-of-the-art Hirsh Communication Center on campus. Students can work in a variety of positions at CC8 through our TV Practicum course.

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The Currier Times

The Currier Times is Curry College's student-produced digital news publication. Students have the opportunity to blog, cover breaking campus news, write features, and produce photo slideshows, podcasts, and videos.

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The purpose of the Curry College Public Relations Student Association is to increase the knowledge of the public relations profession and to provide students with opportunities and skills for the future.

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Semester Away

Not only do Curry students have endless internship opportunities in the Boston market, but we also offer study away programs in D.C., L.A., and N.Y.C.

A Curry College faculty member poses with a new member of the COM Honor Society

COM Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta is a highly selective international honors society for students who have declared an interest in the field of communication and who have achieved a high level of academic excellence.

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Study Abroad

Along with institutional partnerships, you can create your own Study Abroad opportunity, or go global with our own faculty members as part of our Short-term, Faculty-led Courses.

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First-Year Experience

Making the transition to college can be a little confusing and lot of fun. Your First-Year Experience at Curry College helps smooth out the bumps and puts you on the path to success.

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Gen Ed

At the heart of Curry College's undergraduate curriculum is our General Education (Gen Ed) Program. Gen Ed is based on our belief in the power and potential of the liberal arts.

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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.