Communications Curriculum


The online BA in communications curriculum is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of underlying concepts and theory in communications, plus the practical skills needed to produce content for a variety of media platforms in the communications industry. By combining core courses with focus areas of your choice, you will grow as a creative and effective communicator and learn how to adapt to rapid changes in digital media and technology.

Key Content Areas

A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas — such as science, culture, social history, and the arts — that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.

Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit your academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements 

As a communications major, you will complete core courses to gain a foundational understanding of media and messaging, plus courses in focus areas that line up with your specific industry interests. You will complete your degree of study with a capstone course, during which you’ll use what you’ve learned throughout the program to complete a practical media project or experience.  

Below are the communications core course requirements.

Communications Core Courses

FAFSA Start Date
Course # Title Credits
COMM 121 Visual Communication 4
COMM 122 Media Writing Bootcamp 4
COMM 124 Media, Messages, and Society 4