Whether a student is interested in media industries, corporate communication, or political communication, our program provides abundant and unique learning experiences, both in the classroom as well as with our emphasis on experiential education.

Our faculty come from around the world and therefore brings a range of perspectives to the classroom. As society moves towards an increasingly global world, the Department and the city offer a wealth of opportunities to our students.

The emphasis on experiential education means that students are not bound by the limits of a classroom environment. Students gain real-world experience through the co-operative education program, international studies programs, internships, service learning, and spring break experiences. Our experiential education component makes this program unique among communication studies programs, not only in New England, but throughout the United States. Students leave Northeastern with more than classroom experiences; they leave with real world experiences.


The Communication Studies Department offers a major in Communication Studies (13 courses). It is also possible to earn a combined major in either Political Communication (9 courses in Communication Studies and 9 courses in Political Science) or Communication and Cinema Studies (9 courses in Communication Studies and 9 courses in Media and Screen Studies).


A 2010 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers ranked communication skills as the single most important quality a candidate for employment can possess. Despite this finding, surveys routinely find that more than one-third of employers believe recent college graduates lack essential “communication skills.

To address this need, the Communication Studies Department offers six minors:

  • Communication Studies – Acquire the practical skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace
  • Media Production – Master the techniques for creating content by taking courses on audio and video production, digital editing, and broadcast production
  • Oratory and Public Speaking – Learn to be an effective speaker by studying and practicing timeless principles of communication
  • Political Communication – Examine the distinct role that communication plays in the political process and study the role of the media in public discourse
  • Rhetoric – Understand the art of persuasion and analyze its significance throughout world history
  • Social Activism – Explore the history of social movements and learn practical approaches to solving public problems