Data Science and Journalism, BS

The data science and journalism combined major offers students an opportunity to gain the skills to be able to engage in both the print and digital worlds of journalism. Students study the collection, manipulation, storage, retrieval, and computational analysis of data in its various forms, including numeric, textual, image, and video data. Combined with learning the principles, practices, and responsibilities of journalism, students can extract meaning from massive information flows and utilize it in effective investigative reporting. 

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 Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in all computer science fundamental courses except CS 1802:
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 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CY 4170The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Data and Digital Technologies4
Data Science Foundations
DS 3000Foundations of Data Science4
DS 4200Information Presentation and Visualization4
DS 4300Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval4
DS 4400Machine Learning and Data Mining 14
DS 4900Data Science Senior Project4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Khoury Elective Courses
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 4 credits of CS, CY, DS, or IS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
CY 2000 or higher, except CY 4930
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900

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 3550The First Amendment and the Media4
JRNL 4650Ethics and Issues in Journalism4
Journalism Electives
Complete three JRNL courses.12

Supporting Courses

Mathematics Requirement
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
Statistics Foundation
ECON 2350Statistics4

Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4
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 Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Integrative Requirement

Complete one of the following:4
JRNL 3700
JRNL 5500

Required General Electives

Complete 16 credits of general electives.16

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
  • 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.

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, IS courses

Journalism GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all JRNL courses

Program Requirement

134 total semester hours required

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

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 11504Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004DS 30004VacationCo-op0
JRNL 22014JRNL 23014  
MATH 13414JRNL 36104  
Computing and social issues4JRNL elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 42004ECON 23504Co-op
 DS 43004Elective4 
 JRNL 35504  
 JRNL elective4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 44004ENGW 33024Co-op
 Khoury elective4Elective4 
 JRNL 46504  
 JRNL elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opDS 49004  
 Integrative course4  
 CY 41704  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 135


Sample Pattern, Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

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 11504JRNL elective 14  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
JRNL 22014CS 12101ECON 23504Co-op
JRNL 35504DS 30004Elective4 
Computing and social issues4DS 42004  
JRNL elective 24JRNL 23014  
 JRNL 36104  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 43004ENGW 33024Co-op
 Khoury elective4Elective4 
 JRNL 46504  
 THTR 11701  
 JRNL elective 34  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 44004Elective4
 DS 49004Elective4
 Integrative requirement4  
 CY 41704  
 0 16 8 0
Total Hours: 135