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Student Public Speaking representing the Communication Studies Concentration at Curry College

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The Communication Studies Concentration is designed for students interested in exploring the broad range of the Communication field.

Other COM Concentrations:

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:

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

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
  • MLB.com
  • NASA
  • NESN
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies
  • Reebok International
  • Wayfair
  • And more!

The Communication Studies Concentration is designed to provide students with multiple interests and diverse talents a well-rounded, broad-based background in communication that is applicable to a wide variety of careers or graduate study. Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to customize their curriculum to meet their personal and professional goals:

Choose two of the following: (oral focus) – 6 credits
COM 1400  Acting I
COM 2030  Oral Interpretation
COM 2010  Public Speaking
COM 2100  Managerial Communication
COM 3015  Advanced Public Speaking
COM 3100  Argumentation & Debate

Choose two of the following: (written focus) – 6 credits
COM 2200  Writing for Broadcast Media
COM 2210  Writing for Online and Print Media
COM 2220  Screenwriting for Film and Television
COM 2390  Writing About Sports
COM 2476  Scriptwriting
COM 2800  Publicity Techniques
COM 2900  Multimedia Journalism

Choose one of the following: (interpersonal focus) – 3 credits
COM 2020  Intercultural Communication
COM 2112  Conflict Management
COM 2130  Nonverbal Communication
COM 2310  Interviewing
COM 2320  Effective Listening
COM 3010  Small Group Communication
COM 3040  Persuasion
COM 3652  Gender Communication

Choose two of the following: (content area focus) – 6 credits
COM 1710  Introduction to Broadcasting
COM 2140  Social Media Communication
COM 2150  Health Communication
COM 2492  Introduction to Film: The History of Film
COM 2690  Video Games: A Cultural History
COM 2700  The Business of Hollywood
COM 2740  Television Producing and Production
COM 2748  The Business of Sports Production
COM 2770  Digital Film Fundamentals
COM 2790  Principles of Public Relations
COM 2900  Multimedia Journalism
COM 3545  Modern Drama

Choose one of the following: (critical focus) – 3 credits
COM 2180  Leadership Communication
COM 2300  Mass Media Criticism
COM 2493  Introduction to Film: Art and Form
COM 2498  Film Criticism
COM 3120  Speech Criticism: A Look a Look at Great Speeches
COM 3506  Media Law and Ethics
COM 3645  Video Games: Theory and Analysis
COM 3650  Media, Culture and Society

Total: 24 credits

All Communication majors must declare a concentration by the time they reach the end of their third semester (must have earned a minimum of 40 credits). Suggested course groupings for each specific concentration are listed in their respective areas. Students may use appropriate courses, among the courses required for the major, to meet the requirements for a specific concentration.

Students who are unable to complete a concentration will graduate as a Communication generalist.

Students who have a career interest in an area not included in our concentrations may choose to pursue an Individually Initiated Concentration, and will work with a faculty advisor to craft the necessary selection of courses.

Concentration Areas with Advisors:

Communication Studies - Professor Barrett

Film - Professor Gibbs

Multimedia Journalism - Professor Gibbs

Public Relations/Corporate Communication -  Professor Wrigley (PR)/Professor Sinnott (Corporate)

Radio/Audio Production - Professor Carberry

Television/Digital Video - Professor Gibbs

Theatre - Professor Holbrook

Video Game Studies - Professor Kagan

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Internships

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 Alan Frank. Students can get involved in a variety of positions from day one on campus - and even host their own shows!

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CC8-TV

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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CCPRSA

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.

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COM Scholars

COM Scholars is a select group of students who want to get a jump start on internships in the Communication field, enjoy special connections with industry leaders, and more!

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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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Honors Program

Building on the theme of "culture and identity," the Curry College Honors Program prepares students to be leaders in the profession and in the community.

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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.

Take the next step

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