Computer Science and Communication Studies, BS

The computer science and communication studies combined major integrates practical skills and theory. You’ll gain both a strong computer science foundation and a deep understanding of the major conceptual frameworks for human communication—plus how to apply these learnings to solve problems in today’s society.

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.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Upper-Level Requirements
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4500Software Development4
CS 4550Web Development4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
Complete three courses in the following ranges:12
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
Co-op Preparation
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
or EEAM 2000 Professional Development for Co-op

Communication Studies Courses

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
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Classical Foundations of Communication
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
Complete two of the following:8
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Environmental Issues, Communication, and the Media
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Sex and Interpersonal Communication
Consultation Skills
Organizational Communication Training and Development
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Seminar in Communications
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Communication Studies Electives
Complete three courses in the following range: 112
1

  Special Topics in Communication Studies (COMM 4912), Junior/Senior Honors Project 1 (COMM 4970), Junior/Senior Honors Project 2 (COMM 4971), and Research (COMM 4991) are excluded.

Supporting Courses

Mathematics
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

Writing Requirements

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Advocacy Writing 1
2

 If Advocacy Writing (COMM 3409) is selected it will also satisfy a communication studies elective requirement. One additional general elective will be then required in its place.

Required General Electives

Complete eight general electives.32

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Employing Ethical Reasoning
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Communication Studies Grade Requirement

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

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, IS, and COMM courses

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5COMM 1112 or 23014  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
COMM 11014   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
CS 35004   
MATH 13414   
Communication studies foundation course4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 48004Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
CS elective4  Elective4
Communication studies cluster course4   
Communication studies writing-intensive course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Advanced writing4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Communication studies elective4  Elective4
CS elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Communication studies writing-intensive course4CS 40001  
Communication studies elective4CS 45004  
CS elective4CS 45504  
Computing and social issues4Communication studies elective4  
 Elective4  
 16 17  
Total Hours: 134

Sample Pattern, Four Years, Tw0 Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004MATH 13414 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5COMM 1112 or 23014  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
COMM 11014   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
CS 48004  Elective4
Communication studies foundation course4   
CS elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11701Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Communication studies cluster course4  ENGW 3302 or 33154
Communication studies writing-intensive course4   
CS elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
CS elective4CS 45004Elective4 
Communication studies writing-intensive course4CS 45504Elective4 
Communication studies elective4Communication studies elective4  
Computing and social issues4Communication studies elective4  
 16 16 8 
Total Hours: 134