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Communication Studies and Computer Science, BS

The computer science and communication studies combined major integrates practical skills and theory. You’ll gain both a strong computer science foundation and a deep understanding of the major conceptual frameworks for human communication—plus how to apply these learnings to solve problems in today’s society.

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The computer science and communication studies combined major integrates practical skills and theory. You’ll gain both a strong computer science foundation and a deep understanding of the major conceptual frameworks for human communication—plus how to apply these learnings to solve problems in today’s society.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES
COURSE OUTCOMES
Communication is a diverse discipline and every department is unique. At Northeastern, the Communication Studies curriculum was designed to achieve three distinct learning objectives:

1. Basic communication skills, including the ability to research a question, prepare and deliver a compelling speech, and think critically and write effectively.
2. An understanding of the communication discipline including an appreciation of the history of communication studies, familiarity with important theoretical principles, and the ability to apply this knowledge to contemporary problems.
3. A distinct area of emphasis that distinguishes their major. Some of the more popular areas include argumentation and advocacy, organizational or health communication, digital communication, and media production.

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Interests of Communication Studies and Computer Science, BS Students

  • advertising
  • audio
  • code
  • communication
  • computer science
  • digital
  • entertainment
  • intercultural
  • Internet
  • interpersonal
  • marketing
  • mass communication
  • organizational
  • political
  • politics
  • production
  • public relations
  • strategic communication
  • television
  • video

Co-op Opportunities

  • Zipcar
    Boston, MA
  • Wayfair
    Boston, MA
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods
    Framingham, MA
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
    Boston, MA
  • Southwest Airlines
    Dallas, TX
  • Liberty Mutual
    Boston, MA
  • Johnson & Johnson
    Boston, MA
  • John Hancock
    Massachusetts, US
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
    Boston, MA
  • Eaton Vance Management
    Boston, MA
  • Donna Karan International
    Boston, MA
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA
  • Constant Contact
    Waltham, MA
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Boston, MA
  • Arnold Worldwide
    Boston, MA
  • Amazon
    Seattle, WA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • ability to work under pressure
    • creative problem-solving skills
    • critical thinking thinking,
    • leadership skills
    • listening
    • performance and presentation skills
    • project management skills
    • verbal and written communication skills
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • account executive
    • applications developer
    • brand manager
    • computer hardware engineer
    • computer programmer
    • creative director
    • data analyst
    • database administrator
    • development officer
    • games developer
    • IT consultant
    • media planner
    • meeting/event planner
    • network administrator
    • personnel recruiter
    • public information officer
    • public relations specialist
    • sales representative
    • social media manager
    • software developer
    • web developer

Communication Studies and Computer Science, BS Requirements

Computer Science Senior Seminar

Presentation Requirement

Computer Science Elective Courses

With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.

Supporting Courses- Computing and Social Issues

Writing Requirements

College Writing

Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete eight general electives.

Communication Studies Grade Requirement

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

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, IS, and COMM courses

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Department Chair:

Dale Herbeck

Department Chair, Professor

d.herbeck@northeastern.edu
617-373-5517

Administrators:

Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

a.chin@northeastern.edu
617-373-8662

Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

a.kilgore@northeastern.edu
617-373-5517

Academic Advisors:

Valerie Falasca, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

v.falasca@northeastern.edu
617-373-4960

Co-op Advisors:

Bill Jackson

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

w.jackson@northeastern.edu
617-373-3210

Jacqui Sweeney

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

j.sweeney@northeastern.edu
617-373-3409

Gregory Goodale

Associate Professor

g.goodale@northeastern.edu
617-373-5518

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