Communication with a 3+3 Track to Law (BA)

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Communication requires:

  1. Completion of COMM 201 with a minimum grade of C
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  3. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major

The Change Major Request form can be found under the Academic Progress tile on ULink.

Admission to Law School

Admission to the 3+3 track does not guarantee admission to the law school. Students seeking admission to law school must complete a law school application and satisfy all of Brandeis’ admissions requirements, including its median GPA and LSAT expectations.

The law school requires that students seeking admission through the 3+3 program have completed three years of undergraduate course work, including transfer credit and credit earned in summer.  It is recommended that students planning to pursue this track have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

For more information on Brandeis and its admissions requirements, please contact the Brandeis School of Law Office of Admissions. The office can also arrange for you to visit the law school and to sit in on a class.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *
The following course is required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Communication - SB
Some other courses approved as options for satisfying program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements.

* All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above). Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 26
Natural Science3
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Communication
COMM 201Introduction to Communication - SB 43
COMM 303Introduction to Communication Technologies3
COMM 304Argument In Everyday Life3
COMM 305Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM 315Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 316Research Methods3
COMM Elective at 200 level or above3
COMM Electives at 300 level or above9
COMM Electives at 400 level or above3
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)3
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Independent Research in Communication - CUE
Senior Communication Internship - CUE
Case Studies in Communication - CUE
Health Communication - CUE, WR
Health Communication Campaign Planning - WR, CUE
Mass Media and Close Relationships - CUE
Strategic Communication Campaigns - CUE
Documentary Production - CUE
Special Topics in Communication - CUE
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning - CUE
Senior Practicum - CUE
Senior Thesis - WR, CUE
Perspectives on Religion and Media - WR, CUE
Ethical Problems in Communication - CUE, WR
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning - CUE
Minimum Total Hours36
Supporting Courses
Statistics/Quantitative Methods3
Select one of the following: 5
Business Statistics
Quantitative Analysis - QR
Communication and Statistics - QR
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geosciences - QR
Foundations of Quantitative Statistics-QR - QR
Probability and Statistics for Engineers
MGMT 201
Introduction to Social Statistics - QR
Statistical Data Analysis - WR
Research Methods in Pan-African Studies - WR
Reasoning with Data in Daily Life - QR
Quantitative Methods in Public Health
Political Science Research Methods
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Minimum Total Hours3
Law School Courses
LAW 802Torts I3
LAW 803Torts II3
LAW 804Contracts I3
LAW 805Contracts II3
LAW 806Property I3
LAW 807Property II3
LAW 808Civil Procedure I3
LAW 810Criminal Law3
LAW 811Lawyering Skills I3
LAW 812Lawyering Skills II3
Minimum Total Hours30

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language


In addition to courses counted toward General Education


May be incorporated into other degree requirements


Fulfills General Education requirement


Or another statistics elective approved by an advisor

Students must have a minimum of 50 hours at the 300 level or above and a minimum 121 hours total to graduate.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
COMM 201 Introduction to Communication - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 1 4
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
COMM 111
Introduction to Public Speaking - OC
or Business and Professional Speaking - OC
or Interpersonal Skills - OC
COMM 255 Communication and Statistics - QR 3
COMM 304 Argument In Everyday Life 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Year 2
COMM 305 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMM 303 Introduction to Communication Technologies 3
Foreign Language 3 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
COMM 315 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 316 Research Methods 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or General Elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Elective 3
Year 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above)* 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above)* 3
Humanities/Natural Sciences Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
Communication Elective & WR (400 level or above) 3
Communication Elective CUE/WR (400 level or above) 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above)* 3
Humanities/Natural Sciences Elective (300 level or above)
General Elective (if needed) 3
Year 4
LAW 802 Torts I 3
LAW 804 Contracts I 3
LAW 806 Property I 3
LAW 810 Criminal Law 3
LAW 811 Lawyering Skills I 3
LAW 803 Torts II 3
LAW 805 Contracts II 3
LAW 807 Property II 3
LAW 808 Civil Procedure I 3
LAW 812 Lawyering Skills II 3
 Minimum Total Hours121

* Suggested courses: Political Communication, Leadership, Mass Communication Law, Rhetoric and Civic Life, Debate, Advanced Public Speaking

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

Flight Planner
The Flight Planner tool is available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan to graduation.  Advisors have access to review your Flight Planner and can help you adjust it to ensure you remain on track to graduate in a timely manner.

To create these reports:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Select the appropriate report.
    1. To run a Degree Audit report, click on "View my Degree Audit."
    2. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."
    3. To run a Flight Planner report, click on "Use My Flight Planner."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, create a What-if report, or run a Flight Planner report.