Sample Curriculum

You have probably already looked at the description of our undergraduate major curriculum, and at our comprehensive list of courses (if you haven't, then definitely check those out!)...but you still may need some basic advice about scheduling.

In your first semester at Villanova, you are given a schedule that provides you with the courses you need in order to get going on the Liberal Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum. When you are ready to schedule courses beyond this, though, you have a great many more options available to you.

However, there are a couple of key pieces of advice that we have to pass on--advice which will help you plan your program of study, and get you going toward advanced courses as quickly a possible:

  1. if you're interested in Communication as a major (or a minor), you should definitely take at least one (1), and ideally two (2), required COM introductory courses as part of your 2nd semester schedule! (Note: this is not a requirement, just a recommendation that will definitely get you moving in the major.)
  2. in order to start taking advanced courses as quickly as possible, make sure that you have taken at least one 2000-level course as soon as possible--ideally, in the fall of your Sophomore year. (Note: this is not a requirement, but these courses are prerequisites for ALL 3000-level COM courses…so the sooner that you take a 2000-level course, the sooner you can take an advanced COM course!)

Basically, if you start taking our courses Freshman year, then you get a nice jump on your major coursework, which allows you explore early study abroad possibilities (including our own "Summer in Greece" program, internships (including our exclusive Internship at the Vatican), minors, and even multiple specializations within our Department!

Suggested Schedules for Com Majors:

First Year Students
*1st Semester: Standard 1st year Villanova schedule;
*2nd Semester: Ideally, COM 1000 AND COM 1100--or at least one of them. Remainder: core classes.

Second Year Students
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*1st Semester: Remaining introductory course(s) (COM 1000, COM 1100), and 1 COM 2000-level course (prerequisite for 3000-level COM courses). Remainder: core classes (Natural Science, Ethics, other core courses). If you are interested in Media Studies or Media Production, consider COM 1300, Film Analysis, to fulfill your A&S fine arts requirement!

*2nd Semester: Any remaining 1000- or 2000-level courses, and at least one or two 3000-level COM courses. Remainder: core classes (Natural Science 2, Other core classes). If you are interested in Media Studies or Media Production, consider COM 1300, Film Analysis, to fulfill your A&S fine arts requirement!

Note: At some point during this second year, you might consider taking a Computer Science course to fulfill one of your Core Math requirements.

*Summer: Study Abroad in Greece, or other VU study abroad!

Third Year Students

*1st Semester: Remaining 2000-level COM course, 1 3000-level course, COM 4001 / COM 4002 (prerequisite for COM 5050 ) or another 3000-level course. Remainder: core classes/courses toward a minor.

*2nd Semester: Remaining 3000-level COM courses, remaining COM 4001 / COM 4002 (prerequisite for COM 5050 ). Remainder: core classes/courses toward a minor.
*Summer: Study Abroad in Greece, Internship

Fourth Year Students

*1st Semester: Remaining 3000-level COM courses, COM 5050, core requirements, courses toward a minor, and/or an internship.

*2nd Semester: Remaining 3000-level COM courses, COM 5050, core requirements, courses toward a minor, and/or an internship.

Please note that this is just a suggested schedule--due to AP credit, semesters abroad, summer courses, double specializations, or double majors, you might choose a slightly different path.

It can often be difficult to figure out how your other College core classes fit with your requirements for the COM major--especially before you have been assigned an advisor within our Department. So, if you would like to talk about the program in more depth, discuss possible courses to take Freshman and Sophomore year, or if you just want to hear more about our major, please drop by the COM main office (SAC 203) or call the COM office (610.519.4750) to make an appointment to talk to our Department Chairperson, Dr. Maurice Hall.

We're very excited about our courses and our curriculum, and we hope to see you in our courses, and in our major!

Basic Things to Note

In order to declare COM as a major, you have to have a minimum GPA or 2.5 or higher, and you have to at least be enrolled in the following two courses:

*COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies . This course introduces you to the broad range of our field, as well as to the theoretical issues involved in the study of Communication. It should also help you choose from among our specializations (Rhetorical Studies, Performance Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Media Studies, Media Production).

*COM 1100 - Public Speaking . This course helps introduce you to the basics of the public presentation of your ideas, including organization, argumentation, delivery skills, and presentational technology.