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Communication Studies and Sociology, BA

This combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of social behaviors.

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The communication studies department and the sociology department offer an interdisciplinary combined major in communication studies and sociology. The combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of social behaviors.

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 Sociology, BA Students

  • advertising
  • audio
  • communication
  • digital
  • entertainment
  • health
  • human relations
  • intercultural
  • interpersonal
  • marketing
  • mass communication
  • organizational
  • political
  • politics
  • production
  • psychology
  • public relations
  • social media
  • sociology
  • 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
    • creative director
    • development officer
    • guidance counselor
    • health educator
    • human relations
    • human resources professional
    • lawyer
    • management consultant
    • market researcher
    • media planner
    • meeting/event planner
    • personnel recruiter
    • pollster
    • public information officer
    • public relations specialist
    • sales representative
    • social media manager
    • social worker
    • speech writer
    • 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


Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

Academic Advisors:

Valerie Falasca, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

Co-op Advisors:

Bill Jackson

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

Jacqui Sweeney

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

Emily Hornsby

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

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