Media and Screen Studies and Political Science, BA

The Media and Screen Studies Program and the Department of Political Science offer a combined major in media and screen studies and political science. The combined major integrates the analysis, research, and production of traditional and emerging media along with courses on American government, comparative politics, international relations, and research methods.

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), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), 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 Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
MSCR 1000Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern1
Required Courses
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
MSCR 2220Understanding Media and Film4
Elective Courses
Complete four of the following:16
Narrative Filmmaking
History of Film
Modern Film and Global Culture
Gender and Film
Film and Psychoanalysis
Topics in Documentary Production
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 Elective Courses
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

Political Science Requirements

Required Courses
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Thought
Complete one of the following:4
Premodern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Politics in Media/Art
Complete two of the following:8
Politics and Film
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Politics and the Arts
Elective Courses
Complete two POLS courses or complete a concentration.8

Political Science Concentration (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your advisor so that it may be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Integrative Requirements

Required Courses
MSCR 4602Media and Democracy4
POLS 3320Politics and Mass Media4

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


Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3415Ethnic Political Violence4
or POLS 3418 Nationalism
Complete three of the following:12
Politics and Film
Politics and the Arts
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Latino Politics in the United States
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Politics and Mass Media
Law and Society

Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Complete four of the following:16
American Political Thought
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties