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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

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.

BA Language Requirements

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

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
Complete one of the following:4
History of Film
20th-Century Media
TV History
Advanced Theory
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Media and Screen Electives
Complete three of the following:12
History of Film
Modern Film and Global Culture
Gender and Film
Topics in Documentary Production
Film and Psychoanalysis
Topics in Film Studies
Introduction to Film Production
Introduction to Digital Media Culture
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Global Media
Digital Media Research
Film Analysis
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Media Activism
Television and Society
Media Audiences
20th-Century Media
Popular Music as Media Form
Television Studies
Media Industries
Media and Identity
Celebrity Culture
Documentary Storytelling
Video: Sound and Image
Video Art
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Advanced Media and Screen Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Film Theory
Modernism/Modernity and Film
Cinema Studies Seminar
Directing the Short Fiction Film
Age, Media, and Representation
TV History
Media and Democracy
The Networked Self
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Interactive Documentary
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study
Independent Study
Experiential Education Directed Study
Interactive Documentary
Video in Context: Video and Social Change

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
Modern African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
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
Medieval Romance and Modern Readers
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
Victorian Literature
19th-Century British Fiction
19th-Century American Novels
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
20th-Century British Literature
Major 20th-Century British Novelists
20th- and 21st-Century American Novels
Modern American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
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
Narrative Medicine
Literary Theory
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
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 Course
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
American Women Writers
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)
Literature and Politics
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
The City in Literature
Topics in Genre
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Comparative Textual Studies
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
Nonfiction 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

For media and screen studies, majors must maintain at least a 2.500 GPA in their overall program of studies and a minimum of 3.000 in the following two required courses: Media, Culture, and Society (MSCR 1220)  and Understanding Media and Film (MSCR 2220).

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required