Communication Studies and Graphic and Information Design, BA

The Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Art + Design offer a combined major in communication studies and graphic and information design. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of communication skills and processes with the design of message and meaning, integrating text, image, and data.

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 Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), 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 Requirements

Communication Studies Common Requirements
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
or COMM 2301 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 of the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Rhetoric of Science
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
Communication Electives
Complete three COMM courses.12

Graphic and Information Design Requirements

Introduction to Art and Design
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art and Design Fundamentals
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing
and 2D Tools
5
ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
and 4D Tools
5
Art and Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2215History of Graphic Design4
Design
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
Typography 1
and Type Tools
5
ARTG 2252Graphic Design 14
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
Degree Project
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14
Graphic and Information Design Elective
Complete one course with the corresponding tools course, if indicated, from the following:4-5
Photo Basics
and Photo Tools
Animation Basics
and Animation Tools
Video Basics
and Video Tools
Programming Basics
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
and 5D Tools
Interaction Design 1: Responsive
and Interaction Design Tools
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Service Design
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Design Degree Project 2
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Course
COMM 4602Contemporary Rhetorical Theory4
or ARTG 4551 Design Degree Project 2

Communication Studies Grade Requirement

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

Communication Studies and Graphic and Information Design Major Credit Requirement

87 semester hours required 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
ARTF 1000 or COMM 10001ENGW 11114Vacation0Vacation0
COMM 11014Communication studies foundation course4  
ARTG 12504COMM 1112 or 23014  
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
5ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
5  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Foreign language core course4Communication studies elective4  
ARTH 22104Foreign language core course4  
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
5ARTG 22524  
 EEAM 20001  
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Communication studies elective4Communication studies elective4Co-op0
 ARTH 22154Elective4 
 ARTG 33504  
 ENGW 3314 or 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Communication studies writing-intensive4Communication studies writing-intensive4Co-op0
 Elective4Elective4 
 ARTG 34514  
 ARTG 45504  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 Graphic and information design elective4  
 Integrative requirement4  
 Foreign language course4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 133

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or COMM 10001Communication studies foundation course4Vacation0Vacation0
COMM 11014ENGW 11114  
ARTG 12504ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
5  
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
5COMM 1112 or 23014  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Co-op0Co-op0Communication studies elective4
Foreign language core course4  Communication studies writing-intensive 4
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
5   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Communication studies elective4
Foreign language core course4  Elective4
ARTH 22154   
ARTG 22524   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ARTH 22104   
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
ARTG 33504   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Communication studies writing-intensive4Elective4  
ARTG 34514Graphic and information design elective4  
Elective4Foreign language core course4  
ARTG 45504Integrative requirement4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133