B.A. Communications

John Cabot University, Rome Italy

Application deadline: November 15th
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,900 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: January  2015
Duration full-time: 48 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The Bachelors of Arts in Communications is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program designed to give students the analytical, critical, and creative skills that are fundamental to any career in the information age.

The major provides students with superior skills in oral and written proficiency to excel in the creation, dissemination, and analysis of messages. In addition, the program is dedicated to integrating technology in its instruction and incorporating international contexts for the study of communications, so as to prepare students for an increasingly global industry.

Combining theoretical instruction with intensive hands-on professional training, this major focuses on intellectual development and ethical reasoning to empower students to take leadership roles and make a difference in a variety of fields both within and outside of the communications industry.

Students with a BA in Communications can go on to careers in such fields as Film and Video Production, Journalism, Corporate Communications, Politics, Law, Community Organizing and Service, Education, Management, and Non-profit Administration.


Core Curriculum

  • COM 101 Public Speaking
  • COM 210 Introduction to Cinema
  • COM 220 Media, Culture, and Society
  • COM 311 Digital Media Culture
  • COM 470 Advanced Communication Theory
  • COM 480 Media Ethics
  • Three 300-level courses in Media Studies (CMS)

Major Electives

In addition to the above requirements, seven courses from COM, CMS, or JRN. Courses other than COM or CMS that are related to the major may be used as major electives upon approval by the Department Chair.

General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.



  1. English: All students must demonstrate English proficiency by completing EN 110 English Composition III with a grade of C- or above. New students will be placed in EN 101, EN 105, or EN 110, on the basis of the Universitys English Composition Placement Examination, and must take Composition courses until this requirement is satisfied.
  2. Mathematics: All students must demonstrate proficiency in Mathematics by completing MA101 Algebra or MA102 Finite Mathematics, with a grade of C- or above. Students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in the Business Administration Major are required to take MA101 Algebra. Other students have the option of choosing between MA101 and MA102. New students may be exempted from this requirement on the basis of the Universitys Mathematics Placement Examination; otherwise they must take MA101 or MA102 during their first semester of attendance and until this requirement is satisfied.
  3. Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency equivalent to a year of study in a foreign language with a written literature. Students with a national secondary education credential in a language other than English will be considered to have satisfied this requirement.


  1. English Literature: Two courses in English literature, one of which may be replaced by a course in comparative or dramatic literature in English translation. (These courses must have EN 110 as a prerequisite.)
  2. Mathematics and Science: Two courses in mathematics, natural science or computer science. (MA101 and MA102 do not fulfill this requirement.)
  3. Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts: Seven courses distributed as follows:
    1. Social Sciences - at least two courses in Communications, Economics, Political Science or Psychology.
    2. Humanities - at least two courses in History, Literature, Philosophy or Religion.
    3. Fine Arts - at least one course in Art History, Creative Writing, Dramatic Literature, Music, Studio Art or Theater.


No course may be used to satisfy more than one General Distribution Requirement.

Applicants whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate sufficient preparation in the English language.
Standardized test scores, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are useful in assessing a students language capability. A minimum score of 563 on the paper based TOEFL, 223 on the computer based TOEFL exam, or 85 on the TOEFL iBT exam or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required. John Cabot University offers an internal English Language Placement Test which may be taken by students in place of the TOEFL or IELTS.

Accepting transfer students

John Cabot University has a long tradition of welcoming transfer students who want the international liberal arts education we offer. Our students come from 55 different countries, including Italy and the United States, enriching classroom discussions and the vibrancy of our community.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 563
TOEFL iBT® test: 85


As part of our commitment to provide affordable university education for qualified and talented students, John Cabot University offers degree-seeking students (first-year and transfer students) many merit-based scholarships and financial assistance grants. Students who are awarded scholarships and grants will be notified after they are accepted to the University.

Your JCU scholarship will be automatically renewed each and every year you attend JCU if you maintain the required minimum GPA and academic progress as specified in your scholarship.

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