English and Graphic and Information Design, BA

The Department of English and the Department of Art + Design offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and graphic and information design. Students interested in the combined major in English and graphic and information design integrate the study of literature and writing with the design of message and meaning, integrating text, image, and data.

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

Graphic and Information Design Requirements

Art and Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
or ENGL 1000 English at Northeastern
Art and Design Fundamentals
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
Art and Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2215History of Graphic Design4
Design
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 2252Graphic Design 14
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
Degree Project
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14
Art and Design Electives
Complete one of the following:4
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Programming Basics
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

Integrative Requirement

Integrative English Course
Complete one of the following:4
The Graphic Novel
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Technologies of Text
Design Degree Project 2

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops (Summer 2/Fall)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
ENGL 1000 or ARTF 10001ENGL 1160 or 14104VacationVacation 
ENGL 14004ARTG 12504   
ENGL 14504ARTG 2250 (With optional ARTF 2251)4   
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 2221)4Integrative course4   
Elective4    
 17 16 0 0 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221 )4ARTH 22104VacationCo-op 
ARTG 22524ARTG 33504   
ENGL 17004ENGL 19th-century requirement4   
ENGL pre-19th-century requirement4ENGL theories & methods requirement4   
 16 16 0 0 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
Co-opARTG 33504VacationCo-op 
 ARTH 22154   
 ENGL comparative requirement4   
 ENGL diversity requirement4   
 0 16 0 0 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
Co-opARTG 34514  Vacation
 Elective4   
 ENGL 20th-century requirement 4   
 ENGL elective4   
 0 16   0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours   
ARTG 45504Integrative course   
ENGL 47104English writing requirement4   
Elective4Elective4   
ENGL elective4Elective4   
 16 12   
Total Hours: 125