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Communication Studies and Theatre, BA

The combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of theater history, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as costume design, lighting, and scenery.

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The Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Sociology offer an interdisciplinary combined major in communication studies and theatre. The combined major integrates the study of communication skills and processes with the study of theater history, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as costume design, lighting, and scenery.

THEATRE
LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in theatre will be able to:

1. Apply a broad and deep knowledge of theatre as an art form to their work, including:
• Foundational skills in performance, design, and production
• Comprehensive understanding of theatre history, theory, and literature
• Oral, visual, written expression of ideas with clarity and originality
2. Make theatre with integrity
• Create or interpret a play
• Collaborate generously
• Apply a personalized technique to the process of making imaginative, innovative theatre
3. Make informed choices as theatrical entrepreneurs through professional readiness
4. Reflect on the cultural, social, and ethical impact and contributions that theatre has made to societies and communities

COMMUNICATION STUDIES
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 Theatre, BA Students

  • acting
  • activism
  • actor
  • advocacy
  • blogging
  • casting
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • creativity
  • digital
  • documentary
  • entertainment
  • filmmaking
  • interdisciplinary
  • media
  • movies
  • new plays
  • performance
  • plays
  • playwrighting
  • political
  • production
  • public relations
  • social
  • social change
  • speech
  • stage
  • storytelling
  • theatre
  • voice

Co-op Opportunities

  • Disney ABC Television Group
    Burbank, CA
  • Actor's Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA
  • American Repertory Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
  • Boston Children’s Theatre
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Ballet
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Lyric Opera
    Boston, MA
  • CBS Television
    52nd Street New York, NY
  • Central Square Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
  • Citi Center for the Performing Arts
    Boston, MA
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
    Boston, MA
  • Huntington Theatre Company
    Boston, MA
  • Lincoln Center
    New York, NY
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
    New York, US
  • Miami Theater Center
    Miami Shores, FL
  • New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA
  • Paramount Theatre
    Boston, MA
  • Second Stage Theatre
    New York, NY
  • Stoneham Theatre
    Stoneham, MA
  • Vineyard Theatre
    New York, NY
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • Collaboration
    • empathy
    • writing
    • script analysis
    • voice and speech
    • movement
    • acting
    • research
    • critical thinking
    • communication skills
    • storytelling
    • digital storytelling
    • production
    • public advocacy
    • strategic communication
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • account executive
    • brand manager
    • creative director
    • development officer
    • health educator
    • human resources professional
    • lawyer
    • media planner
    • meeting/event planner
    • personnel recruiter
    • public information officer
    • public relations specialist
    • sales representative
    • social media manager
    • speech writer
    • writer

Communication Studies and Theatre, BA Requirements

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements. NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major course requirements. NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Difference and Diversity (DD) may be met through electives in the major.

Writing-Intensive Courses

Intermediate or Advanced Technique

Integrative Requirements - Theatre Capstone

Communication Studies Integrative Course

Complete one of the following:

*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

Scott Edmiston

Department Chair, Professor of the Practice

s.edmiston@northeastern.edu
617-373-7626

Administrators:

Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

a.chin@northeastern.edu
617-373-8662

Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

a.kilgore@northeastern.edu
617-373-5517

Darren Evans

Theatre Operations Specialist

d.evans@northeastern.edu
617-373-2245

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

Maegan Bishoff

Academic Advisor

m.bishoff@northeastern.edu
617-373-8382

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

Kellianne Murphy

Senior Faculty Member

k.murphy@northeastern.edu
617-373-3412

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