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 Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies, BA

Students completing the combined major have the knowledge necessary to engage the complex and dynamic relationship between communication, culture, and knowledge.

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The Department of Communication Studies offers majors in communication studies and in media studies. The integrated major allows students to combine courses from both majors into a degree that integrates theory and practice. Students completing the combined major have the knowledge necessary to engage the complex and dynamic relationship between communication, culture, and knowledge. This allows students to combine Media and Screen Studies with a major from another department. Students can therefore create their own unique combination of majors if a designated combined major does not exist.

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.

Our Media and Screen Studies curriculum designed to achieve six distinct learning objectives:

1. Apply basic knowledge of fundamental techniques of video-based film production in a visual project
2. Define terms, concepts, and theories that are fundamental to the study of media
3. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to media texts
4. Apply the history of media studies to current issues of media with a particular focus on identity, industry, and democracy
5. Plan, write, and present original research papers and presentations, incorporating an analytical understanding of concepts and ideas in Media and Screen Studies
6. Apply theories of media and culture central to the field of Media and Screen Studies to a media text or issue

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Interests of  Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies, BA Students

  • advertising
  • audio
  • communication
  • digital
  • entertainment
  • health
  • intercultural
  • interpersonal
  • law
  • marketing
  • mass communication
  • organizational
  • political
  • politics
  • production
  • public relations
  • social media
  • 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
    • brand manager
    • broadcast journalist
    • creative director
    • development officer
    • health educator
    • human resources professional
    • information officer
    • media planner
    • media producer
    • meeting/event planner
    • multimedia specialist
    • personnel recruiter
    • public information officer
    • public relations specialist
    • sales representative
    • social media manager
    • speech writer
    • web content manager
    • writer

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

Jocelyn Faber

Academic Advisor

j.faber@northeastern.edu
617-373-3701

Helena Prezio, MFA

Assistant Director of Advising

h.prezio@northeastern.edu
617-373-4822

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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