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.

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), 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.

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
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 Theory
Rhetoric of Science
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
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
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 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
Art and Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2215History of Graphic Design4
Design
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
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
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Programming Basics
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
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

84 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 11114Communication studies elective4Vacation0
COMM 11014Communication studies foundation course4Foreign language core course4 
ARTG 12504COMM 1112 or 23014  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4  
Elective4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Foreign language core course4Communication studies elective4  
ARTH 22104Foreign language core course4  
ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4ARTG 22524  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 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-intensive4Vacation0Co-op0
 Elective4  
 ARTG 34514  
 ARTG 45504  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0COMM 4602 or ARTG 45514  
 Graphic and information design elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or COMM 10001Communication studies foundation course4Communication studies elective4Vacation0
COMM 11014ENGW 11114Foreign language elective4 
ARTG 12504ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4COMM 1112 or 23014  
Elective4   
 17 16 8 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 (with optional ARTG 2251)4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Foreign language core course4   
ARTH 22154   
ARTG 22524   
 16 0 0 0
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-intensive4COMM 4602 or ARTG 45514  
ARTG 34514Graphic and information design elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
ARTG 45504Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130