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Communication Studies and English, 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.

  • Academics
  • Experiences
  • Interests

LEARNING 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 English, BA Students

  • advertising
  • audience
  • communication
  • critical studies
  • cultural studies
  • discourse
  • English literature
  • entertainment
  • film
  • global
  • globalization
  • image
  • journalism
  • literature
  • mass communication
  • media
  • media studies
  • political
  • public relations
  • screen writing
  • strategic communication
  • television
  • writing

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
    • critical thinking
    • leadership
    • listening
    • performance and presentation
    • project management
    • verbal and oral communication
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • account executive
    • broadcast journalist
    • creative director
    • information officer
    • market researcher
    • media planner
    • media producer
    • multimedia specialist
    • public relations specialist
    • social media manager
    • web content manager
    • writer

Communication Studies and English, BA Requirements

BA Language Requirements

Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature

Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Literature

Writing-Intensive Courses

Communication Studies Electives

*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

Emily Smedick

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

e.smedick@northeastern.edu
617-373-3423

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