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B.A. in Communications

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  • Course description
    The Communication Department at Villanova University offers strong, rigorous programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We're a very unique program, both regionally and nationally.

    In order to declare the COM major, you must:
    1. Have a minimum VU GPA of 2.5 or above;
    2. Have enrolled in OR completed COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies and COM 1100 - Public Speaking
    3. Fill out the major declaration form, which is available online ( click here! ) or in the Communication Department office (Room 203, Saint Augustine Center). Please note, if you use the form available online, we will ask you for additional information when you drop it by our office--but it will only take a couple of minutes.

    Below are the basic requirements for the COM degree at Villanova--to learn more about our Department's 8 specializations, click here!

    Basic Requirements for the COM Major: thirty-six (36) credit hours, as follows:
    • Three (3) introductory courses:
    COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies
    COM 1100 - Public Speaking
    COM 1200 - Intro to COM Research
    (required for the major, but you can declare before taking COM 1200).
    Note: this course will also serve as your A&S sophomore research seminar.

    Two (2) theory-level courses (2000-level). Note: these courses serve as prerequisites for our advanced topics courses--so you must take at least one of these PRIOR to taking a 3000-level course!

    Five (5) advanced topics courses (3000-level), from at least three (3) specializations within the Department.

    One (1) advanced research course. Choose from the following:
    COM 4001 - Qualitative Research in COM (prereq: COM 1200)
    COM 4002 - Quantitative Research in COM (prereq: COM 1200)

    One (1) integrative, capstone course ( COM 5050 - Senior Project ; prereq: COM 4001 or COM 4002)

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