Journalism and English, BA

The School of Journalism and the English Department offer an interdisciplinary combined major in Journalism and English. Broadly speaking, students in the Combined Major in Journalism and English at Northeastern integrate the study of journalism with the study of language, literature and writing. 

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 Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Difference and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), 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.

Journalism Major Requirements

Journalism Introductory Course
JRNL 1150Understanding Today’s News4
Journalism Foundations
Must receive a C or better in the following:
JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
Journalism 1: Fundamentals of Reporting
and Journalist’s Toolbox
5
JRNL 2201Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting4
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4
JRNL 3610Digital Storytelling and Social Media4
Law and Ethics
JRNL 3550The First Amendment and the Media4
or JRNL 4650 Ethics and Issues in Journalism
Journalism Electives
Take three JRNL courses12

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered 3000–4999.
Introduction to College
ENGL 1000English at Northeastern1
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Diversity
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
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
Milton
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-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
The Graphic Novel
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
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following: 4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Writing Cultures
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Topics in Literary Criticism
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
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
Literature and Digital Diversity
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
The Literature of Science
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topics in Genre
Writing
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 for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two additional ENGL electives.8

Integrative Requirement

JRNL 3630Magazine Writing4
ENGL 2740Writing and Community Engagement4
or ENGL 2850 Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice

Program Requirement

129 total semester hours required

 Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 1000 or ENGL 10001JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
5Elective4Vacation0
JRNL 11504ENGL 1160 or 14104Elective4 
ENGW 11114English diversity requirement4  
ENGL 14004Pre-nineteenth-century literature requirement4  
Elective4   
 17 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 22014Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
EEAM 2000 or EESH 20001  Elective4
Nineteenth-century, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century literature requirement4   
Theories and methods requirement4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 23014Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Journalism elective 14   
Comparative literature requirement4   
English writing requirement4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 36104Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Journalism elective 24   
English elective 14   
ENGL 2740 or 28504   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
JRNL 3550 or 46504Journalism elective 34  
JRNL 36304ENGL 4710 or 47204  
English elective 24Elective4  
Elective4Elective 4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131