Media and Screen Studies and Political Science, BA

The Media and Screen Studies Program and the Department of Political Science offer a combined major in media and screen studies and political science. The combined major integrates the analysis, research, and production of traditional and emerging media along with courses on American government, comparative politics, international relations, and research methods.

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), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) 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) and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) must be met through general electives.

Media Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
MSCR 1000Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern1
Required Courses
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
MSCR 2220Understanding Media and Film4
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Elective Courses
Complete four of the following:16
Narrative Filmmaking
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
Digital Media Culture
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 Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Film Theory
TV History
Media and Democracy
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Directed Study
Independent Study

Political Science Requirements

Required Courses
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Thought
Complete one of the following:4
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Politics in Media/Art
Complete two courses. Consult academic advisor for additional courses.8
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Elective Courses
Complete two POLS courses or complete a concentration.8

Political Science Concentration (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your advisor so that it may be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Integrative Requirements

Required Courses
MSCR 4602Media and Democracy4
POLS 3320Politics and Mass Media4

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


Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3418Nationalism4
Complete three of the following:12
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Religion and Politics
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Law and Society

Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Complete four of the following:16
American Political Thought
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties
Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001MSCR 22204MSCR elective4Vacation
MSCR 12204POLS 1155
and POLS 1156
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4MSCR elective4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 1160
and POLS 1161
POLS 24004  Elective4
MSCR elective4   
Advanced MSCR elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Political thought elective4MSCR elective4Vacation0Co-op
Advanced MSCR elective4Politics in media/art elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPolitics in media/art elective4VacationVacation
 POLS elective4  
 MSCR 46024  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
MSCR 46234   
POLS 33204   
POLS elective4   
Total Hours: 130