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Communication Studies and Political Science, BA

The combined major in political science and communication studies offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with different forms and mediums of communication.

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The combined major in political science and communication studies offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with different forms and mediums of communication. Students complete the core courses in political science along with core courses in communication studies that cover public speaking and persuasion. This combined major highlights the important role played by different forms of communication in shaping politics and government.

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 Political Science, BA Students

  • advertising
  • audio
  • campaigns
  • communication
  • digital
  • entertainment
  • health
  • intercultural
  • interpersonal
  • law
  • marketing
  • mass communication
  • oral
  • organizational
  • politics
  • ppolitical
  • production
  • public relations
  • rhetoric
  • speech
  • strategic communication
  • television
  • video

Co-op Opportunities

  • WilmerHale
    Boston, MA
  • Governor Charlie Baker
    Boston, MA
  • Congresswoman Nensi Pelosi
    Washington, DC
  • Boston Bar Association
    Boston, MA
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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
    • campaign manager
    • campaign worker
    • community organizer
    • creative director
    • development officer
    • health educator
    • human resources professional
    • lawyer
    • legislative assistant
    • lobbyist
    • media planner
    • meeting/event planner
    • personnel recruiter
    • policy analyst
    • political consultant
    • public information officer
    • public relations specialist
    • reporter
    • researcher
    • sales representative
    • social media manager
    • speech writer
    • urban planner
    • writer

Communication Studies and Political Science, BA Requirements

Political Science Upper-Division Electives

Communication Studies Electives

Concentration in American Political Institutions

Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

With advisor approval, a co-op or internship may be substituted in place of POLS 4947:

Campaigns and Elections Electives

Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics

Core Course

Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Concentration in Public Policy

Core Requirement

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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

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Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

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Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

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Academic Advisors:

Valerie Falasca, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

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Co-op Advisors:

Bill Jackson

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

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Jacqui Sweeney

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

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Emily Hornsby

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

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