Journalism and Interaction Design, BS

The School of Journalism and the Department of Art and Design offer an interdisciplinary combined major in journalism and interaction design. Broadly speaking, students in the combined major in journalism and interaction design at Northeastern integrate the study of journalism with the study of art and design.

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), Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath requirement Analyzing and Using Data (AD) 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.

Introduction to College

JRNL 1000Journalism at Northeastern1
or ARTF 1000 Art and Design at Northeastern

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

Art and Design Core

Art and Design Fundamentals
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22235D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)4
Art and Design History
Complete two of the following:8
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Modern Art and Design History
History of Graphic Design

Design Requirements

Design Courses
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 2260Programming Basics4
ARTG 2400Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)4
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
ARTG 3700Interaction Design 2: Mobile4
Degree Project
Complete one of the following:8
Design Degree Project 1
Interaction Team Degree Project 1

Design Elective

Complete one of the following:4
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)
Graphic Design 1
Physical Computing
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

Integrative Requirements

JRNL 5311Design and Graphics4
Complete one of the following:4
Design Degree Project 2
Interaction Team Degree Project 2

Program Requirement

131 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 1000 or ARTF 10001JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
5Elective4Vacation
JRNL 11504ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4Elective4 
ENGW 11114ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4  
ARTG 12504Elective4  
ARTF 1122 (with optiional ARTF 1123)4   
 17 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 22014Co-op 1Co-op 1Vacation
EEAM 20001   
Art + design history elective 14   
ARTG 22604   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 23014Co-op 2Co-op 2Elective4
Journalism elective 14  ENGW 33024
ARTG 2400 (with optional ARTG 2401)4   
ARTG 33504   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 36104Co-op 3Co-op 3Vacation0
Journalism elective 24   
Art + design history elective 24   
ARTG 37004   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
JRNL 53114Journalism elective 34  
JRNL 3550 or 46504ARTG 4551 or 47014  
ARTG 34514Art + design elective4  
ARTG 4550 or 47004Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 1000 or ARTF 10001JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
5VacationVacation
JRNL 11504ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4  
ENGW 11114ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4  
ARTG 12504Elective4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4   
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 22014JRNL 23014VacationVacation
EEAM 20001Journalism elective 14  
Art + design history elective 14ARTG 2400 (with optional ARTG 2401)4  
ARTG 22604ARTG 33504  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
JRNL 36104Co-op 1Co-op 1 
Journalism elective 24   
Art + design elective4   
ARTG 37004   
 16 0 0 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
JRNL 3550 or 46504Co-op 2Co-op 2 
Art + design history elective 24   
Elective4   
ENGW 33024   
 16 0 0 
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
JRNL 53114Journalism elective 34  
ARTG 34514ARTG 4551 or 47014  
ARTG 4550 or 47004Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131