English and Communication Studies, BA

The English department and the communication studies department offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and communication studies. Broadly speaking, students in the combined major in English and communication studies at Northeastern integrate the study of literature and writing with studies of media, social, corporate, and political communications. 

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.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered 3000–4999.
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Diversity
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Early African-American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
The Bible
Medieval British Literature
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
16th-Century British Literature
17th-Century British Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Revolution and Revolt in Early American Literature
Early African-American Literature
Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
Medieval Romance and Modern Readers
Chaucer
Milton
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Literature
19th-Century British Fiction
19th-Century American Novels
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
20th-Century British Literature
Major 20th-Century British Novelists
20th- and 21st-Century American Novels
Modern American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Topics in Film
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Narrative Medicine
Literary Theory
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Topics in Literary Criticism
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
British Literature 1800 to Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Global Literature 1500 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Literature and Politics
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
Fantasy
Children’s Literature
Psychology and Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
The City in Literature
Topics in Genre
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Comparative Textual Studies
Writing
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing Cultures
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project

Communication Studies Requirements

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
Classical Foundations of Communication
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication Theory
Communication in a Digital Age
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 Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Mobile Communication
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 additional COMM courses.12

Integrative Requirement

Integrative English Course
Complete one of the following:4
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Integrative Communication Studies Course
COMM 3415Communication Criticism4
or COMM 4602 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

Communication Studies Grade Requirements

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

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required