Communication Studies

Communication Studies and Media Screen Studies, BA

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

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.

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Career Opportunities

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

Multidisciplinary Skills

ability to work under pressure

creative problem-solving skills

critical thinking

leadership skills


performance and presentation skills

project management skills

verbal and written communication skills

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.

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