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Major - Sample Course of Study

In your first semester at Villanova, your schedule is pre-set to get you started with courses you need for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum. When you are ready to schedule courses beyond this, you have many more options available to you.

We offer here some advice to 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 take at least one, and ideally two, required COM introductory courses (COM 1000 and COM 1100) as part of your second semester schedule! (Note: this is not a requirement, just a recommendation that will 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.)

If you start taking COM courses second semester of your first-year, you get a nice jump on your major coursework, which allows you explore study abroad possibilities early (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
*First Semester: Standard 1st year Villanova schedule
*Second Semester: Ideally, COM 1000 AND COM 1100--or at least one of them. Remainder: core classes.

*Declare the Major and see your new COM advisor before sophomore year registration!

Second Year

*First Semester: Remaining introductory course(s) (COM 1000, COM 1100), and one or two COM 2000-level course (prerequisite for 3000-level COM courses).

Remainder: core classes (MSE, Ethics, other Core courses).

*Second Semester: Any remaining 1000- or 2000-level courses, and at least one or two 3000-level COM courses.

Remainder: Core classes (MSE 2, other Core classes).

*If you are interested in Media Studies or Media Production, consider COM 1300 Film Analysis to fulfill your CLAS fine arts requirement!

*Talk with your COM advisor about the Vatican internship program, Greece summer study abroad program and other COM-centered opportunities.

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

Third Year

*First Semester: Remaining 2000-level COM course if needed, one 3000-level course, COM 4001 / COM 4002 (prerequisite for COM 5050) or another 3000-level course.

Remainder: Core classes/courses toward a minor or double major.

*Second Semester: Remaining 3000-level COM courses, remaining COM 4001 / COM 4002 (prerequisite for COM 5050).

Remainder: Core classes/courses toward a minor or double major, internship for credit.

*Summer: Study Abroad in Greece, Internship

*Talk with your COM advisor about additional internship and professional opportunities, the COM BA/MA combined degree program, additional specializations or minors, etc.

Fourth Year

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

*Second Semester: Remaining 3000-level COM courses, COM 5050 if needed, Core requirements, courses toward a minor and/or an internship.

*Talk with your COM advisor about graduate studies, Fulbright and other grant programs, internships, life after college, etc.

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. The sooner you declare the major the sooner you’ll have a COM advisor. Before that happens, please drop by the COM main office (Garey 28) or call the COM office (610.519.4750) to make an appointment to talk to our Department Chairperson about any aspect of the major or minor.

Find the complete list of Communication courses click HERE and detailed explanation of requirements for the Major click HERE.

We look forward to welcoming you in our courses and our curriculum, and we hope to see you in our classes and in our major!

Contact information

Department of Communication
Garey Hall room 28
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Heidi Rose
Performance Studies

Administrative Assistant 
Loretta Chiaverini
Garey Hall, room 28

Administrative Assistant 
Jarryd Kainz
Garey Hall, room 28

Special Notes

Learn more about our department's eight specializations.

COM 4001, 4002, and 5050 are restricted to Communication majors.

If you are a double major, or a transfer from another major, and have taken another department's sophomore research seminar course, this may be substituted one of the COM research requirements, with Chairperson's approval.

Communication majors who choose internships, or whose specializations require internships, will use them to fulfill their free elective requirements, NOT Communication major requirements.

Students from the Schools of Engineering or Nursing should contact the Communication Department, to learn about minors that will complement their programs of study.

If you are studying abroad in an international program not sponsored by our department you may transfer up to 6 credits of approved courses. Additional communication courses taken abroad will go to free electives.