Minors

Minors are an excellent way to supplement your academic studies, explore an interest or passion, deepen your knowledge base, and develop a distinctive set of tools that can help you define a tangible career path. At CAMD, we actively seek ways to break the traditional, discipline-specific relationship between minors and majors. Every year, we create new minors that are strategically designed to cultivate complementary and interdisciplinary skill sets—so you can forge your own path.

The interdisciplinary cinema studies minor is intended for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses that promote the study of film, television, and digital media.

The interdisciplinary cinema studies minor is intended for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses that promote the study of film, television, and digital media. In addition to film analysis and film theory, students choose from electives on culture and film, film and television history, and gender and film. The minor also includes film-related courses from art, English, history, and music. There are 2 required courses in film analysis. Students then choose 3 electives from a large list that includes film analysis and film/video production course from across the campus.

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The Communication Studies minor helps students acquire the practical skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace.

The communication studies minor is for students who seek to acquire the practical skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace. The minor consists of two common requirements—Introduction to Communication Studies (COMM 1101) and Public Speaking (COMM 1112)—a foundational course, and three electives.

 

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The interdisciplinary film production minor provides students with basic skills in media production. In addition to a foundational course in film production, students take electives dealing with documentary production, film analysis, screenwriting, storytelling, and video.

The interdisciplinary film production minor provides students with basic skills in media production. In addition to a foundational course in film production, students take electives dealing with documentary production, film analysis, screenwriting, storytelling, and video.

 

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The human communication minor is for students who are interested in studying the role of interpersonal communication in relationships, including romantic relationships, friendships, and relationships in groups or in organizations.

The goal for students who complete the minor is to gain an in-depth understanding of how communication can affect the quality of relationships, the satisfaction that is derived from relationships, and whether a relationship is likely to last or dissolve. Courses in the minor focus on research-validated theories, concepts, and models that will aid students in better understanding the many different types of relationships that exist in their personal and professional lives.

 

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The Media Production Minor is for Communication Studies majors interested in learning the hands-on techniques of producing and directing for the entertainment industry. The technical aspects of camera operation, audio design, lighting design, digital editing, and live broadcast are also covered.

Today, the entertainment industry is a very complex and competitive field. Employers are not only looking for bright, focused individuals, but employees with the hands-on skills to complete a wider variety of projects in a timely fashion. Our focus is on providing well-rounded experiences for our students and in giving them the technical skills they will need to pursue a career in Media Production.

 

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Broader in focus than the program’s other two minors, the interdisciplinary minor in media and screen studies combines media production and analysis courses.

The media and screen studies minor provides students with the analytical skills necessary for the rigorous analysis of media within the humanities and social science. The minor focuses on how media shape society and prepares students for careers in arts and industry, politics, and popular culture.

 

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The oratory and public speaking minor is for students seeking to develop exemplary oral communication skills. While many universities recognize the importance of writing in their curricula, oratory and public speaking skills are often ignored. Employers are increasingly looking for employees with exemplary communication skills, in both their writing and in their speaking.

While most universities across the country have emphasized the importance of writing in their curricula, oratory skills are almost completely ignored. The Communication Studies Department has an abundance of expertise in the area of Oratory and Public Speaking, as illustrated by the courses offered in professional speaking, argumentation, and rhetoric. Drawing on professionals and scholars in these fields, the Department prepares students to speak confidently, argue persuasively, and establish themselves as confident professionals.

 

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The political communication minor is a joint program offered through the departments of communication studies, political science, and journalism. The focus of the minor is on the electoral process, political rhetoric, and the role of media in political life. It is intended to address the interests and needs of students considering careers in the political sphere, either as candidates, employees, volunteers, or reporters in political organizations and campaigns. • The minor will appeal to students who are interested in political communication, which may compliment a major in sociology, English, business, health disciplines, and the sciences.

 

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This dynamic, interdisciplinary minor is designed to help you become a more confident, creative, and compelling communicator.

Whether you are speaking at a meeting, engaging an audience, pitching a new idea, or energizing your team, effective presentation skills are essential to professional success. This dynamic, interdisciplinary minor is designed to help you become a more confident, creative, and compelling communicator. Uniting the acting training of theatre with practical techniques of communications studies, develop an individualized course of study that will empower your voice and speech, cultivate your “on stage” persona, and develop high impact presentation skills to enhance your career prospects.

 

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The rhetoric minor offers students the opportunity to acquire competence in the history, theory, and criticism of civic discourse and cultural practices.

It brings together courses from both the communication studies and English departments, from which students may learn about the nature and function of rhetoric in politics, the professions, and the media. As in most universities, rhetoric has a home in two departments at Northeastern: in Communication Studies and in English. The rhetoricians in both departments have designed this interdisciplinary minor to offer students a way of exploring their interest in the field across departmental boundaries.

The minor gives students a foundation in the classical tradition as well as vast opportunities to consider theories and critical practices The minor in rhetoric is appropriate for any student interested in the ways that symbols work to influence thought and action. Students from any major are welcome, although it is typically most attractive to students majoring in communication studies, English, history, political science, philosophy, and psychology. The minor consists of five courses. To ensure an interdisciplinary experience, at least two courses must come from Communication and two from English.

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Students interested in activism will have opportunities to explore social movements, advocacy, and citizenship in a wide array of situations.

Students who minor in social activism will learn a variety of perspectives and practical approaches to social activism. Students interested in activism will have opportunities to explore social movements, advocacy, and citizenship in a wide array of situations. These opportunities arise from the wealth of advocacy organizations in Boston; the access Northeastern University students have to co-op experiences nationally and internationally; and Northeastern University’s Service-Learning Program. Course work in a variety of departments will enable students to successfully apply different skill sets and knowledge bases to future work as lawyers, nonprofit activists, community organizers, lobbyists, and volunteers.

 

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This program examines the symbiotic relationship between sports and media, as well as how communication affects team culture, player-coach dynamics, crises in sport, race and gender issues, international relationships, and fandom.

Addresses the interdependent links between sports and communication. Sports communication is an emerging area within communication studies and journalism programs. Examines the symbiotic relationship between sports and media, as well as how communication affects team culture, player-coach dynamics, crises in sport, race and gender issues, international relationships, and fandom. Requires students to analyze cases and address both pragmatic and ethical factors related to these cases. 

 

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