HOW CAN I CONTACT THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEPARTMENT?

The main office for Communication Studies Department is Lake Hall 204 and the department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The department can also be reached by phone at 617-373-5517 or by email sent to commstudies@neu.edu. Our fax number is 617-373-8533.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT?

The Communication Studies Department is the largest unit in the College of Arts, Media, and Design. CAMD is the home to more than 1700 undergraduates who have access to 34 majors and 30 minors.

The department has 45 full-time faculty and more than 800 majors, combined majors, and minors. More than 80% of our classes are taught using a small action format (<20 students).

The best source of information about the Communication Studies Department is our website .The Communication Studies Department is also home to the Media and Screen Studies Program.

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR?

The Communication Studies major requires 13 four-credit classes. There are three common requirements, five distributed requirements, and five electives.

The common requirements include COMM1101 – Introduction to Communication Studies, COMM 1112 – Public Speaking, and COMM 2301 – Communication Research Methods. To satisfy the distributed requirements, majors must take a foundational course, a cluster course, two writing-intensive seminars, and a capstone experience.

A detailed list of requirements, course descriptions, and department policies is available in the Course Catalog.

 

DOES THE CURRICULUM ALLOW ME TO DEVELOP A SPECIALIZATION OR AN AREA OF EMPHASIS?

The Communication Studies curriculum is flexible enough to allow majors to combine foundational courses, distributed requirements, and electives to create a specialization or area of emphasis. The most popular areas of emphasis include strategic communication, production and entertainment, advocacy and social activism, digital communication and new media, communication and health, and organizational and interpersonal communication, and students often combine new areas of study tailored to their individual interests.

 

DOES THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEPARTMENT OFFER ANY SPECIAL PROGRAMS OR OPPORTUNITIES?

Northeastern’s signature program is experiential education (sometimes called co-op) and more than 95% of Communication Studies majors complete at least one placement. Most majors complete two or three co-ops during their time at Northeastern. A list of co-op employers and co-op stories  is available on the Communication Studies web site.

 

WHAT IS A COMBINED MAJOR? WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMBINED MAJORS OFFERED BY THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEPARTMENT?

The Department of Communication Studies has a half-major template that can be paired with another pre-approved template to create a combined major. Students interested in creating a new combined major should contact their academic advisor. The combined majors currently being offered include:

  • Communication Studies and Graphic and Information Design
  • Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies
  • Communication Studies and Sociology
  • Computer Science and Communication Studies
  • Human Services and Communication Studies
  • Media Arts and Communication Studies
  • Music and Communication Studies (with a concentration in Music Industry)
  • Political Science and Communication Studies

Students completing a combined major will receive a single degree and a single diploma. So, for example, a diploma might read: “Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science.”

 

CAN I MINOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES? WHAT MINORS ARE OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT?

Yes. The department offers minors in Communication Studies, Media Production, Oratory and Public Speaking, Political Communication, Rhetoric, and Social Activism. Communication Studies and Theatre also share a minor in Professional Presentation.

Many Communication Studies majors earn a minor in a different department or college. Popular minors include Art, Art History, Business Administration, English, Entrepreneurship, Game Design, Graphic and Information Design, History, International Affairs, Journalism, Law and Public Policy, Music Industry, Political Science, Psychology, Theatre, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

 

CAN I STUDY ABROAD?

Yes. Many Communication Studies majors enroll in summer- or semester-long programs at foreign universities to broaden their academic experience and deepen their cultural awareness. Northeastern also offer “Dialogues of Civilizations,” faculty-led summer programs that provide intellectually challenging and culturally enriching experiences. As an alternative to the traditional study abroad experience, a growing number of Communication Studies majors will complete a global co-op.

For more information about study abroad opportunities, visit the Global Experience Office.

 

WILL I HAVE AN ADVISOR?

The Communication Studies Department has a tiered advising-program. All majors are assigned to an “academic advisor” to help with registration and to answer questions about the major and core requirements. To assist with experiential education, majors are also assigned a “co-op advisor” who helps the student find an appropriate placement. Finally, many majors develop a relationship with a faculty mentor based on the student’s area of interest.

 

DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A PORTFOLIO TO APPLY TO THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEPARTMENT?

No. The Communication Studies Department does not require a portfolio. The only units in the College of Arts, Media and Design that require a portfolio for admission are Studio Art and Music Composition and Technology.

The Communication Studies department carefully reviews any portfolios that we receive. Under most circumstances, the portfolio should be submitted under an applicant’s intended field of study. So, for example, a student applying to Communication Studies who has a strong photography portfolio would submit the portfolio to the Art + Design Department. Portfolios should be submitted using Slideroom.

 

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ADMISSION PROCESS?

The Undergraduate Admissions office receives applications and decides who will be admitted. Some students will list Communication Studies or the College of Arts, Media and Design on their application. Your choice of major or college does not influence your chance of being admitted. Many students enter “undeclared” and select a major during their first year at Northeastern.

Additional information about undergraduate admissions, the application process, and frequently asked questions are available online.