Communication Studies and Sociology, BA

The communication studies department and the sociology department offer an interdisciplinary combined major in communication studies and sociology. The combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of social behaviors.

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 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), Interpreting Culture (IC), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) may be met through electives in the major.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Communication Studies Requirements

Communication Studies Common Requirements
COMM 1000Communication Studies at Northeastern1
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 Courses
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 Studies Electives
Complete three COMM courses.12

Sociology Requirements

Required Sociology Courses
SOCL 1101Introduction to Sociology4
SOCL 2300Social Theory4
SOCL 2320Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
SOCL 2321Research Methods in Sociology4
Introductory Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Society and Health
Sociology of Boston
Social Problems
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Poverty
Sociology of the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Social Stratification
Deviant Behavior and Social Control
Juvenile Delinquency
Drugs and Society
Intermediate-Level Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Law and Social Justice
Social Movements
Race and Ethnic Relations
Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs
Class, Power, and Social Change
Sociology of Human Service Organizations
Sociology of Organizations
Sociology of Health and Illness
Globalization and the Evolution of Human Societies
Environment, Technology, and Society
Applied Sociology: Practice and Theory
Advanced-Level Elective
Complete one of the following:4
“The Wire” and the Study of Urban Inequalities
Law and Society in a Digital World
Race, Class, and Gender
Sexualities
Computers and Society
Special Topics in Sociology
Directed Study

Capstone and Integrative Requirements

Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Political Communication
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Environment and Society
Capstone/Senior Seminar Option
Complete one of the following two options:8
Communications Capstone Option
Complete one COMM course and one SOCL course from the following list:
Health Communication Campaigns
Communication and Quality of Life
Online Communities
SOCL 3000 to SOCL 4999
Sociology Senior Seminar Option
Complete SOCL 4600 and one COMM course from the following list:
Senior Seminar
COMM 3000 to COMM 4999

Communication Studies Grade Requirement

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

Sociology Major Grade Requirement

A GPA of 2.000 for major courses is required.

Communication Studies and Sociology Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 80 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 11114Communication studies elective4Vacation0
COMM 11014Communication studies foundation course4Foreign language core course4 
COMM 1112 or 23014SOCL 23204  
SOCL 11014SOCL 23214  
SOCL 23004   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Foreign language core course4Communication studies elective4  
Introductory sociology elective4Foreign language core course4  
Elective4Introductory sociology elective4  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Communication studies writing-intensive4Elective4Co-op0
 Intermediate sociology elective4Elective4 
 Advanced writing in the disciplines course4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Communication studies writing-intensive4Vacation0Co-op0
 Communication studies elective4  
 Integrative course4  
 Advanced sociology elective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Communication studies or sociology capstone4  
 Communication studies or sociology capstone 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 course4Foreign language core course4Vacation0
COMM 11014ENGW 11114Elective4 
COMM 1112 or 23014SOCL 23204  
SOCL 11014SOCL 23214  
SOCL 23004   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Co-op0Co-op0Communication studies elective4
Introductory sociology elective4  Introductory sociology elective4
Foreign language core course4   
EEAM 20001   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies writing-intensive4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Communication studies elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
Intermediate sociology elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Elective4   
Advanced sociology elective4   
Advanced writing in the disciplines course4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Communication studies writing-intensive4Communication studies or sociology capstone4  
Integrative requirement4Communication studies or sociology capstone elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130