Media and Screen Studies, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Media and Screen Studies offers courses in analysis and practice. Required courses offer students an opportunity to obtain the critical-thinking skills necessary to better understand media content, media technology, and media production. Students then decide how many production and analysis courses they want to take. Choosing from a broad range of electives, students can take more than half their major in media and film production courses, can take a majority of courses that critically examine media content and technology, or can combine courses in other ways.

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) and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) must be met through general electives.

Media and Screen Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
MSCR 1000Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern1
Media and Screen Studies Common Requirements
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
MSCR 1320Media and Social Change4
MSCR 1420Media History4
Foundation Course (Production or Theory)
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Film Production
Understanding Media and Film
Diversity or Globalization Course
Complete one of the following:4
Gender and Film
Global Media
Digital Feminisms
Media and Identity
Writing-Intensives
Complete two of the following:8
Film Theory
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
TV History
Capstone (Production or Theory)
Complete one of the following:4
Theories of Media and Culture
Collaborative Video and Community Engagement
Media and Screen Studies Electives
Complete five courses from the following list or media and screen studies courses not used to satisfy requirements above:20
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Video: Sound and Image
Experimental Video
Narrative Filmmaking
American Film and Culture
Screenwriting
Topics in Documentary Production
Topics in Film Studies
Sound Production for Digital Media
Television Field Production
Television Studio Production
Special Effects and Postproduction for Television
Digital Editing for TV

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

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

Media and Screen Studies Credit Requirement

52 total 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
MSCR 10001MSCR 13204Media and screen studies elective4Vacation0
MSCR 12204ENGW 11114Elective4 
Elective4Foreign language core course4  
Elective4Elective4  
Foreign language core requirement4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 14204Media and screen studies elective4Vacation0Co-op0
MSCR 1230 or 22204Media and screen studies diversity/globalization course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Media and screen studies elective4Media and screen studies elective4Co-op0
 Media and screen studies writing-intensive4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Media and screen studies elective4Vacation0Co-op0
 Media and screen studies writing-intensive4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0MSCR 4623 or ARTD 55824  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001ENGW 11114Media and screen studies elective4Vacation0
MSCR 12204MSCR 13204Elective4 
Elective4Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Foreign language core course4  
Elective4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 14204Co-op0Co-op0Media and screen studies elective4
MSCR 1230 or 22204  Elective4
Foreign language core course4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Media and screen studies writing-intensive4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Media and screen studies diversity/globalizaton course4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Media and screen studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
Media and screen studies writing-intensive4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Media and screen studies elective4MSCR 4623 or ARTD 55824  
Media and screen studies elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130