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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. 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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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

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.

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.

Co-op Opportunities

  • Zipcar
  • Wayfair
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • John Hancock
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Eaton Vance Management
  • Donna Karan International
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Constant Contact
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • Amazon

Career Opportunities

  • Account Executive
  • Creative Director
  • Development Officer
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Health Educator
  • Human Relations
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Lawyer
  • Information Officer
  • 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

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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