Media and Screen Studies and Journalism, BA

A Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media and Screen Studies is designed for the student who is interested in pursuing a career as a journalist specializing in the film industry.


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.

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
Advanced Theory
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Media and Screen Electives
Complete five of the following:20
Narrative Filmmaking
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
Digital Media 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
Video in Context: Video and Social Change

Journalism Requirements

Journalism Foundations
JRNL 1101Journalism 1: Fundamentals of Reporting (A grade of C or higher is required)4
JRNL 1150Interpreting the Day’s News4
JRNL 2201Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting (A grade of C or higher is required)4
Journalism and Advanced Writing
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism (A grade of C or higher is required)4
Television News
JRNL 5307Video Newswriting4
JRNL 5314Video News Production 14
Documentary Production
JRNL 5309Documentary Production4
Ethics and Issues
JRNL 4650Journalism Ethics and Issues4
Journalism Elective
Complete one course in the following range:4
JRNL 2000 to JRNL 5999

Integrative Requirement

The following course also counts toward the media and screen studies requirements above.

Integrative Course
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4

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

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001JRNL 11014Elective4Vacation
MSCR 12204MSCR 22204Elective4 
JRNL 11504Elective4  
ENGW 11114Foreign language core course4  
MATH 12154   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 22014Co-opCo-opElective4
EEAM 20001  Elective4
MSCR elective4   
MSCR elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 23014Co-opCo-opVacation
JRNL 53074   
MSCR elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 53144Co-opCo-opVacation
JRNL elective4   
MSCR advanced elective4   
MSCR elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
JRNL 46504MSCR 46234  
JRNL 53094Elective4  
MSCR elective4Elective4  
MSCR advanced elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

 Sample Four Years, No Co-ops

Year 1
MSCR 10001JRNL 11014
JRNL 11504MSCR 22204
MSCR 12204Elective4
ENGW 11114Foreign language core course4
MATH 12154 
 17 16
Year 2
JRNL 22014JRNL 23014
MSCR elective4JRNL 53074
MSCR elective4MSCR elective4
Foreign language core course4Foreign language core course4
 16 16
Year 3
JRNL 53144JRNL 46504
MSCR elective4JRNL 53094
Elective4MSCR advanced elective4
 16 16
Year 4
JRNL elective4MSCR 46234
MSCR advanced elective4Elective4
MSCR elective4Elective4
 16 16
Total Hours: 129