Information Science and Journalism, BS

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.

Information Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1801
Discrete Structures
and Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
CS 2800
and CS 2801
Logic and Computation
and Lab for CS 2800
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
Information Science Required Courses
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
IS 3500Information System Design and Development4
IS 4800Empirical Research Methods4
IS 4900Information Science Senior Project5
Information Science Elective (Integrative)
Complete one of the following:4
Information Retrieval
Human Computer Interaction
Social Information Systems

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
Journalism Ethics and Issues
Journalism Courses
A grade of C or higher is required:
JRNL 1101Journalism 1: Fundamentals of Reporting4
JRNL 2201Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting4
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4
JRNL 3610Digital Storytelling and Social Media4
Required Journalism
JRNL 1150Interpreting the Day’s News4
JRNL 2350History of Journalism4
JRNL 3550Law of the Press4
JRNL 4650Journalism Ethics and Issues4
Journalism Electives
Complete two JRNL courses.8
Journalism-Related Requirement
HIST 1130Introduction to the History of the United States4

Major Requirements

ECON 2350Statistics4
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4

Computing and Social Issues

Complete one of the following:4
Technology and Human Values
The Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights

Writing Requirement

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

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

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

Required General Electives

Complete four general electives.16

Major GPA Requirement

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

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 25104Vacation0Vacation0
CS 18004CS 25111  
CS 18010CS 28004  
CS 25004CS 28011  
CS 25011JRNL 11014  
JRNL 11504HIST 11304  
ENGW 11114   
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 12101Vacation0Co-op0
IS 2000 (*)4CS 32004  
JRNL 22014IS 3500 (*)4  
PSYC 11014JRNL 23014  
 CS 48004  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0JRNL 36104Elective4Co-op0
 JRNL 23504Elective4 
 MATH 13414  
 ECON 23504  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0JRNL 35504Elective4Co-op0
 IS 4800 (*)4Elective4 
 Journalism elective4  
 Information science elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
Co-op0IS 4900 (*)5  
 JRNL 46504  
 Journalism elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 134

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.