Communication Studies

Communication Studies, BA

The communication studies major offers students an opportunity to obtain the communication skills and the understanding of the communication process required to thrive in a complex and changing society.

Majors are required to demonstrate a mastery of the fundamentals of effective communication, to learn the fundamentals of communication theory and practice, and to develop a distinct area of emphasis. Some of the more popular areas include argumentation and advocacy, organizational and health communication, international and intercultural communication, digital communication and social media, and media production. The curriculum is designed to enhance the understanding of human communication in a variety of contexts, to empower students to become informed and engaged citizens, and to provide the knowledge and skills required to live a rich personal and professional life.

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Co-op Opportunities


Boston, MA


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


Seattle, WA

Career Opportunities

Account Executive

Creative Director

Development Officer

Guidance Counselor

Health Educator

Human Relations

Human Resources Professional


Information Officer

Management Consultant

Market Researcher

Media Planner

Meeting/Event Planner

Personnel Recruiter


Public Information Officer

Public Relations Specialist

Sales Representative

Social Media Manager

Social Worker

Speech Writer


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.


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