Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies, BA

The Department of Communication Studies offers majors in communication studies and in media studies. The integrated major allows students to combine courses from both majors into a degree that integrates theory and practice. Students completing the combined major have the knowledge necessary to engage the complex and dynamic relationship between communication, culture, and knowledge.

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.

Media and Screen Studies Requirements

Introduction to Media Studies
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
Introduction to Screen Theory
MSCR 2220Understanding Media and Film4
Advanced Theory
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Media and Screen Electives
Complete five of the following:20
Introduction to Film Production
Introduction to Digital Media Culture
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Global Media
Digital Media Research
Film Analysis
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Media Activism
Television and Society
Media Audiences
20th-Century Media
Popular Music as Media Form
Television Studies
Media Industries
Media and Identity
Celebrity Culture
Documentary Storytelling
Narrative Filmmaking
History of Film
Screenwriting
Gender and Film
Modern Film and Global Culture
Topics in Documentary Production
Topics in Film Studies
Film and Psychoanalysis
Video: Sound and Image
Video Art
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Advanced Media and Screen Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Age, Media, and Representation
TV History
Media and Democracy
The Networked Self
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Interactive Documentary
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Research
Directed Study
Independent Study
Experiential Education Directed Study
Screenwriting
Modernism/Modernity and Film
Cinema Studies Seminar
Directing the Short Fiction Film
Video in Context: Video and Social Change

Communication Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
COMM 1000Communication Studies at Northeastern1
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
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication Theory
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
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

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Course
COMM 4602Contemporary Rhetorical Theory4
or CINE 3500 Film Theory

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

For media and screen studies, majors must maintain at least a 2.500 GPA in their overall program of studies and a minimum of 3.000 in the following two required courses: Media, Culture, and Society (MSCR 1220)  and Understanding Media and Film (MSCR 2220).

Communication Studies Grade Requirement

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

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
COMM 10001MSCR 22204Elective4Vacation
MSCR 12204COMM 1112 or 23014Elective4 
COMM 11014Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4Co-opCo-opElective4
MSCR elective4  Elective4
COMM foundation course4   
COMM cluster course4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4Co-opCo-opVacation
COMM elective4   
COMM writing-intensive4   
MSCR elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
COMM elective4Co-opCo-opVacation
COMM writing-intensive4   
MSCR advanced elective4   
MSCR elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
COMM 4602 or CINE 35004MSCR 46234  
COMM elective4Elective4  
MSCR advanced elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Four Years, No Co-ops 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 10001MSCR 22204
MSCR 12204COMM 1112 or 23014
COMM 11014Elective4
Elective4Elective4
Elective4 
 17 16
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
MSCR elective4COMM cluster course4
MSCR elective4MSCR elective4
COMM foundation course4MSCR elective4
Elective4Elective4
 16 16
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM elective4COMM elective4
COMM writing-intensive4COMM writing-intensive4
MSCR elective4MSCR advanced elective4
Elective4Elective4
 16 16
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 4602 or CINE 35004MSCR 46234
COMM elective4Elective4
MSCR advanced elective4Elective4
Elective4Elective4
 16 16
Total Hours: 129