Communication Studies, BA

The communication studies major offers students an opportunity to obtain the communication skills and the understanding of the communication process required to thrive in a complex and changing society. Majors are required to demonstrate a mastery of the fundamentals of effective communication, to learn the fundamentals of communication theory and practice, and to develop a distinct area of emphasis. Some of the more popular areas include argumentation and advocacy, organizational and health communication, international and intercultural communication, digital communication and social media, and media production. The curriculum is designed to enhance the understanding of human communication in a variety of contexts, to empower students to become informed and engaged citizens, and to provide the knowledge and skills required to live a rich personal and professional life.

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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

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

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Interpreting Culture (IC), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), and Difference and Diversity (DD) may be met through electives in the major.

BA Language Requirements

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

Communication Studies Major Requirements

Introduction to College
Communication Studies at Northeastern
Communication Studies Common Requirements
Introduction to Communication Studies
Public Speaking
Communication Research Methods
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Classical Foundations of Communication
Cluster Course
Complete one of the following:4
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Writing-Intensive
Complete two writing-intensive courses in communication studies from the following list:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Environmental Issues, Communication, and the Media
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Sex and Interpersonal Communication
Consultation Skills
Organizational Communication Training and Development
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Seminar in Communications
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Health Communication Campaigns
Communication and Quality of Life
Consultation Skills
Organizational Communication Training and Development
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Advocacy Workshop
Strategic Communication Capstone
Online Communities
Seminar in Communications
Communication Studies Electives
Complete five communication studies courses not used to satisfy requirements above.20

Communication Studies Major Grade Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in communication studies courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Communication Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 52 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
COMM 10001ENGW 11114Vacation0Vacation0
COMM 11014Communication studies foundation course4  
COMM 11124Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Communication studies writing-intensive4Vacation0Co-op0
COMM 23014Communication studies elective4  
Elective4Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
EEAM 20001   
 17 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Communication studies elective4Communication studies elective4Co-op0
 Elective4Elective4 
 Foreign language core course4  
 ENGW 3314 or 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Communication studies writing-intensive4Communication studies elective4Co-op0
 Communication studies elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Communication studies capstone4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
COMM 10001Communication studies foundation course4Vacation0Vacation0
COMM 11014ENGW 11114  
COMM 11124Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Co-op0Co-op0Communication studies elective4
COMM 23014  Elective4
Elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies writing-intensive4Co-op0Co-op0Communication studies elective4
Communication studies elective4  Elective4
Foreign language core course4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Communication studies elective4   
Elective4   
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Communication studies writing-intensive4Communication studies capstone4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130