Communication and Media Studies, BA

The Department of Communication Studies offers majors in both communication studies and in media and screen studies. The department also offers an integrated major that allows students to combine COMM and MSCR courses to create a unique plan of study that features courses on the theory and practice of communication along with the study of media, cultural, and creative industries. Students graduating with a communication and media studies major can pursue a graduate degree or enter careers in advertising, communication education, healthcare, journalism, law, public relations, government/politics, media and film production, and social and human services.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), Difference and Diversity (DD), Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND) and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) may be met through electives in the major.

Communication and Media Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
COMM 1000Communication Studies at Northeastern1
or MSCR 1000 Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern
Common Requirements
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
COMM 2301Communication Research Methods4
Communication Studies Foundational Course
Complete one of the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Media Studies Foundational Course
Complete one of the following:4
Media and Social Change
Media History
Understanding Media
Diversity and Difference Cluster
Complete one of the following:4
Communication and Gender
Communication and Inclusion
Digital Feminisms
Gender and Film
Media and Identity
Globalization Cluster
Complete one of the following:4
Global and Intercultural Communication
Global Media
Creative Expression Cluster4
Complete one of the following:
Public Speaking
Introduction to Film Production
Complete two of the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Political Communication
Great Speakers and Speeches
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
Film Theory
TV History
Complete one of the following:4
Health Communication Campaigns
Communication and Quality of Life
Consultation Skills
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Strategic Communication Capstone
Online Communities
Production Capstone
Seminar in Communications
Theories of Media and Culture
Elective courses
Choose five from the following list:20
Any COMM courses not already counting above
Any MSCR courses not already counting above
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Video: Sound and Image

Major Grade Requirement

No more than three grades below a C in COMM and MSCR courses may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required