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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

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.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

Journalism Major Requirements

Journalism Introductory Course
JRNL 1150Interpreting the Day’s News4
Journalism Foundations
Must receive a C or better in the following:
JRNL 1101Journalism 1: Fundamentals of Reporting4
JRNL 2201Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting4
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4
JRNL 3610Digital Storytelling and Social Media4
Law and Ethics
JRNL 3550Law of the Press4
or JRNL 4650 Journalism Ethics and Issues
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 ENGL 3000–ENGL 4999.
Foundational Courses
Complete the following two courses:
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Early African-American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
The Bible
Medieval British Literature
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
16th-Century British Literature
17th-Century British Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Revolution and Revolt in Early American Literature
Early African-American Literature
Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
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
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-Century, Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Literature
19th-Century British Fiction
20th-Century British Literature
Major 20th-Century British Novelists
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Modern American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Emerson and Thoreau
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
19th-Century Major Figure
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Topics in Film
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literary Theory
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Topics in Literary Criticism
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
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 Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
British Literature 1800 to Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Global Literature 1500 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Comparative Textual Studies
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two English courses not used above.8

Integrative Requirement

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

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required