Information Science and Journalism, BS

The information science and journalism combined major is similar to the computer science and journalism degree, with a greater focus on the journalism profession’s information science needs. Information science combines concepts and skills from computer science, behavioral and social science, and system design into an integrated, people-centered curriculum. Both degrees provide a strong foundation in the principles, practices, and responsibilities of journalism as well as 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.

Information 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
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

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

Statistics
ECON 2350Statistics4
Calculus
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
Psychology
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
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
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Writing Requirement

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

Required General Electives

Complete five general electives.20

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 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 11504HIST 11304  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 12101Vacation0Co-op0
IS 2000 (*)4IS 3500 (*)4  
JRNL 22014Elective4  
PSYC 11014JRNL 23014  
 CS 30004  
 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
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0IS 4900 (*)5  
 JRNL 46504  
 Journalism elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 135

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.

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
5CS 32004MATH 13414 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
5  
JRNL 11504ECON 23504  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 2000 (*)4CS 12101HIST 11304Co-op0
Elective4IS 3500 (*)4Elective4 
JRNL 22014CS 30004  
PSYC 11014JRNL 23504  
 JRNL 23014  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0IS 48004Journalism elective4Co-op0
 Information science elective4Elective4 
 JRNL 36104  
 Journalism elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-op0IS 49005Elective4 
 JRNL 46504Elective4 
 JRNL 35504  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17 8 
Total Hours: 135

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.