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 all academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements 

Below are the communications degree and major course requirements. As a student in this program, you will also choose from a selection of elective courses to earn eight credits.

Communications Core Courses

Course #TitleCredits
COMM 121
Visual Communication
COMM 124
Media, Messages, and Society
COMM 281
Content Creation & Strategy

Communications Required Courses

Course #TitleCredits
COMM 210
Intro to Graphic Design
COMM 244
Web Design
COMM 286
Strategic Advertising and Branding
COMM 323
Digital Cultures
Electives (2)

Capstone Requirement

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.

Course #TitleCredits
COMM 344