Computer Science and Journalism, BS

The computer science and journalism combined major supports students who understand that journalism now takes place in both print and the digital world. Students will learn the principles, practices, and responsibilities of the journalism profession while gaining a deep understanding of the systems and technologies that support digital media.

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 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for CCIS Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in computer science fundamental courses:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
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 Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4500
and CS 4501
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 16 credits of CS, IS, or DS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:16
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
At least one of these must be from the following list:
Information Retrieval
Human Computer Interaction

Journalism Major Requirements

Students transferring from outside institutions must complete a minimum of five 4-credit journalism courses at Northeastern, and these must include:

Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting
Visual Storytelling in Journalism
Ethics and Issues in Journalism
Journalism Courses
A grade of C or higher is required:
JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
Journalism 1: Fundamentals of Reporting
and Journalist’s Toolbox
5
JRNL 2201Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting4
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4
JRNL 3610Digital Storytelling and Social Media4
Required Journalism
JRNL 1150Understanding Today’s News4
JRNL 2350The History of Journalism: How the News Became the News4
JRNL 3550The First Amendment and the Media4
JRNL 4650Ethics and Issues in Journalism4
Journalism Electives
Complete two JRNL courses.8
Journalism-Related Requirement
HIST 1130Introduction to the History of the United States4

Supporting Courses

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

Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4

Required General Electives

Complete seven general electives.28

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Engaging Difference and Diversity
  • 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.

Major GPA Requirement

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

Program Requirement

134 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
5JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
5  
JRNL 11504HIST 11304  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
CS 35004   
JRNL 22014   
MATH 13414   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 23014Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
CS 30004  Elective4
Computer science elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 23504Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
JRNL 36104  Elective4
Computer science elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
JRNL 35504CS 40001  
Journalism elective4CS 4500
and CS 4501
4  
Computer science elective4JRNL 46504  
Computer science elective4Journalism elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 16 17  
Total Hours: 135


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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
5MATH 13414 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CS 32004  
JRNL 11504HIST 11304  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opElective4
JRNL 22014  Elective4
CS 30004   
Computer science elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Computer science elective4Co-opCo-opElective4
Computer science elective4  Elective4
JRNL 23014   
JRNL 23504   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 4500
and CS 4501
4JRNL 46504Elective4
JRNL 36104Computing and social issues4Elective4
JRNL 35504Journalism elective4  
CS elective4Journalism elective4  
 16 16 8 0
Total Hours: 135