Media and Screen Studies and English, BA

The media and screen studies program and the Department of English offer a combined major in media and screen studies and English. The combined major integrates the analysis, research, and production of traditional and emerging media along with the study of the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures. Majors become familiar with writing practices and media from the Middle Ages through the present, from the quill pen to computer code.

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.

Experiential Liberal Arts

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

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC) and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements.

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

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

Media and Screen Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
MSCR 1000Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern1
Introduction to Media Studies
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
Introduction to Screen Theory
MSCR 2220Understanding Media and Film4
Media and Screen History
MSCR 4208TV History4
Advanced Theory
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Media and Screen Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Gender and Film
Topics in Documentary Production
Topics in Film Studies
Introduction to Film Production
Introduction to Digital Media Culture
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Global Media
Film Analysis
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Media Audiences
Popular Music as Media Form
Media Industries
Media and Identity
Video: Sound and Image
Experimental Video
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Advanced Media and Screen Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Film Theory
TV History
Media and Democracy
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Directed Study
Independent Study

English Requirements 

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered in the range ENGL 3000–ENGL 4999.
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below.
Complete one of the following:4
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
17th-Century British Literature
Early African-American Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Topics in Film
Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Complete one of the following:4
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in Film
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Narrative Medicine
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Topics in Literary Criticism
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
The Literature of Science
Topics in Early Literatures (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topics in Genre
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing Cultures
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Publishing in the 21st Century
Topics in Writing
The Writer’s Marketplace
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two English courses not used above.8

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Courses
CINE 3500Film Theory4
ENGL 1450Reading and Writing in the Digital Age4
or ENGL 3340 Technologies of Text

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

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

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001MSCR 22204Media and screen elective4Vacation
MSCR 12204Media and screen history elective4Elective4 
ENGL 14004ENGL pre-19th-century literature elective4  
ENGL 1160 or 14104ENGL 19th-century literature elective4  
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Media and screen elective4Co-opCo-opMedia and screen elective4
20th- and 21st-century literature elective4  Elective4
ENGL diversity elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGL theories and methods elective4Advanced MSCR elective4Vacation0Co-op
ENGL elective4ENGL comparative elective4  
Advanced MSCR elective4Elective4  
Elective4ENGL 1450 or 33404  
 16 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opENGL writing elective4VacationVacation
 CINE 35004  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
MSCR 46234   
ENGL 4710 or 47204   
ENGL elective4   
Total Hours: 130