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.

BA Language Requirements

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

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

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.
Introduction to College
ENGL 1000English at Northeastern1
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
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
17th-Century British Literature
Early African-American Literature
Milton
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-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
The Graphic Novel
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following: 4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Writing Cultures
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Topics in Literary Criticism
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
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Literature and Digital Diversity
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
The Literature of Science
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topics in Genre
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 for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two additional ENGL electives.8

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
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 Theory
Rhetoric of Science
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
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