Music and Communication Studies with Concentration in Music Industry, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Music with Concentration in Music Industry, the first such undergraduate program offered in Boston, is designed for students with an interest in fields such as artist management; the music products industry; the recording industry; arts administration; contracting and legal issues; financial and economics aspects of the music industry; and broadcast, mobile, and online media technologies.

The Department of Communication Studies is committed to providing students with both the communication skills and the understanding of the communication process required to thrive in a complex and changing society. Majors are required to demonstrate a mastery of the fundamentals of effective communication, to learn the fundamentals of communication theory and practice, and to develop a distinct area of emphasis. Some of the more popular areas include argumentation and advocacy, organizational and health communication, international and intercultural communication, digital communication and social media, and media production. The curriculum is designed to enhance the understanding of human communication in a variety of contexts, to empower students to become informed and engaged citizens, and to provide the knowledge and skills required to live a rich personal and professional life.

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), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Difference and Diversity (DD) may be met through electives in the major.

Music Industry Requirements

Introduction to College
MUSC 1000Music at Northeastern1
Music Core
MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Music Theory Placement
All students must take a theory placement exam. Students who do not place into MUSC 1201 must first take the following:
MUSC 1119Fundamentals of Western Music Theory4
Music Theory Requirement
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
Introductory Music Industry
MUSI 1230Introduction to Music Industry4
Music in Context
Choose one course from traditional, ethnomusicology, or contemporary categories. 4
Traditional
Historical Traditions: America
Historical Traditions: Classical
War and Music
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Ethnomusicology
Black Popular Music
Music of Asia
Historical Traditions: World
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Contemporary
Black Popular Music
History of Electronic Music
Punk Rock
Topics in Music since 1900
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Music Industry Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Analyzing Popular Genres
Demo Production for Songwriters
Introduction to Songwriting
Music Licensing for Media
Music Recording 1
Music in the Online and Mobile Environment
Music Supervision 1
Special Topics in Music Industry
Artist Management
The Record Industry
Music Products Industry
Copyright Law for Musicians
Music Industry Marketing and Promotion
Concert Promotion and Venue Management
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Music Entrepreneurship
Seminar in Music Industry
Introduction to Music Technology
Digital Audio Processing
Business Course
ACCT 1209Financial Accounting and Reporting4

Communication Studies Requirements

Communication Studies Common Requirements
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
or COMM 2301 Communication Research Methods
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication Theory
Communication in a Digital Age
Cluster Course
Complete one of the following:4
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Writing-Intensive Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Argumentation Theory
Rhetoric of Science
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Communication Studies Electives
Complete three COMM courses.12

Integrative Requirement

Complete one of the integrative options below. If a communication studies course is taken, an additional music industry course is required, chosen from the list of music industry electives above.4-8
Music Option
Complete one of the following:
Seminar in Music Industry
Music Entrepreneurship
Communication Studies Option
Complete two of the following. One communication studies course is required:
Strategic Communication Capstone
Online Communities
MUSC 2000 to MUSC 5999
MUSI 2000 to MUSI 5999
MUST 2000 to MUST 5999

Communication Studies Major Grade Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in communication studies courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 1000 or COMM 10001ENGW 11114Elective4Vacation
MUSC 10014MUSI 12304Elective4 
MUSC 12014Communication studies foundational course4  
COMM 11014Music in context elective4  
COMM 1112 or 23014   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Communication studies elective4VacationCo-op
Elective4Elective4  
Music industry elective4Music industry elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opENGW 3314 or 33154Communication studies elective4Co-op
 Communication studies elective4Communication studies writing-intensive4 
 ACCT 12094  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCommunication studies writing-intensive4VacationCo-op
 Music industry elective4  
 Integrative course4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCapstone4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 1000 or COMM 10001Communication studies foundational course4Elective4Vacation
MUSC 10014MUSI 12304Elective4 
MUSC 12014ENGW 11114  
COMM 11014Music in context elective4  
COMM 1112 or 23014   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies cluster course4Co-opCo-opVacation
Music industry elective4   
Communication studies elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communication studies elective4Co-opCo-opCommunication studies writing-intensive4
Communication studies elective4  Elective4
ACCT 12094   
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Communicaton studies writing-intensive4Co-opCo-opVacation
Music industry elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Music industry elective4Capstone4  
Integrative requirement4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130