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Communication Studies and Political Science, BS

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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10/25/18 - BOSTON, MA. - Northeastern students Abdelrahman Elsaadany, JoJo Brennan, and Morgan Blaney, host a video conference with Lia Sanchez from UNIFE University in Lima, Peru in the lobby of International Village on Oct. 25, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

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

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.

Co-op Opportunities

  • WilmerHale
  • Governor Charlie Baker
  • Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
  • Boston Bar Association

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Multidisciplinary Skills

  • ability to work under pressure
  • creative problem-solving skills
  • critical thinking
  • leadership skills
  • listening
  • performance and presentation skills
  • project management skills
  • verbal and written communication skills


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