Communication Studies and Theatre, BA

The Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Sociology offer an interdisciplinary combined major in communication studies and theatre. The combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of theater history, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as costume design, lighting, and scenery.

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

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), 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 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
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication Theory
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

Theatre Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all theatre courses.

Foundational Stages
THTR 1101Introduction to Theatre4
THTR 1120Acting 14
THTR 1131Technical Theatre 14
THTR 1270Introduction to Theatrical Design4
THTR 2325From Script to Stage4
Theatre Texts and Context
Choose one of the following:4
Classics of Global Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream
Theatre and Society
Intermediate or Advanced Technique
Choose two of the following:8
History of Musical Theatre
Playwriting
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
Viewpoints
Lighting Design
Costume Design (THTR 3200 Queer Theatre)
Scenic Design
Queer Theatre and Performance
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance
Making Theatre
THTR 1100Production Experience 11
THTR 2000Production Experience 21
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4

Integrative Requirements

Theatre Capstone
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4
Communication Studies Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Health Communication Campaigns
Communication and Quality of Life

Communication Studies Major Grade Requirement

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

Program Requirement

130 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
COMM 1000 or THTR 10001COMM 1112 or 23014Communicaton studies foundation course4Vacation
COMM 11014THTR 11314Communicaton studies elective4 
THTR 11014Foreign language course4  
THTR 11204ENGW 11114  
Foreign language elective4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communicaton studies cluster course4Co-opCo-opVacation
Communicaton studies elective4   
THTR 23254   
EEAM 20001   
Theatre text and context elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Intermediate or advanced THTR technique course4Co-opCo-opCommunication studies writing-intensive4
Foreign language culture course4  Communication studies elective4
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
THTR 12704   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies writing-intensive4Co-opCo-opVacation
Intermediate or advanced technique elective4   
THTR 11001   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
THTR 47024Elective4  
Communication studies integrative course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4THTR 20001  
 Elective4  
 16 17  
Total Hours: 132