Undergraduate Programs

The Communication Department at Villanova has a cutting-edge undergraduate major curriculum, which (reflecting our Department's mission) integrates the theory, research, and practice of communication. For more details on specific courses that we offer, please look through the news listed here, or choose one of the links to the left of this page.

Major In Communication

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 both of the following:  COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies and COM 1100 - Public Speaking
  3. Fill out the major declaration form, which is available in the Communication Department office (Room 28, Garey Hall). 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.

Basic Requirements for the COM Major

Thirty-six (36) credit hours, as follows:

  • Two (2) introductory courses:
    COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies
    COM 1100 - Public Speaking
  • 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.
  • Two (2) advanced research courses.
    COM 4001 - Qualitative Research in COM
    COM 4002 - Quantitative Research in COM
    Note: one of these courses will also serve as your A&S sophomore research seminar.
  • One (1) integrative, capstone course (COM 5050 - Senior Project ; prereq: COM 4001 and COM 4002)