Political campaigns are a billion dollar industry in the United States and the vast majority of that money is spent on communication. The number of jobs in the field of political communication has exploded over the past decade, and include:

  • Message gurus
  • Speechwriters
  • Scriptwriters for producers of advertisements
  • Consultants specializing in media purchasing
  • Journalists who analyze political communication
  • Advocates for nonprofit organizations
  • Crisis communication managers at the top corporations

The Political Communication Combined Major trains students to be experts in both politics and communication. Students will take nine courses from the Political Science Department and nine courses from the Communication Studies Department. These classes include theoretical courses like Modern Political Thought and Politics  and Religion, and practical courses like Advocacy Writing and the Social Movement Communication. Students will also get hands-on experience through Northeastern University’s co-op education program, which pairs students with organizations, corporations, advocates, and campaigns that employ political communication experts.

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Requirements for a BA/BS in Political Science and Communication Studies →
*Course requirements are maintained by Northeastern University’s Office of the Registrar

The Communication Studies Department is currently developing a half major template. By combing two half majors, students can create their own unique major.

Additional information about the half major template in Communication Studies will be available later this semester.