Communication Studies, BPhil Com

Curriculum

The bachelor's degree requirements are 42 units total and include distribution, writing, and elective courses, and the major requirements.

Communication Studies Major Requirements

Course Title
Four Core Courses
COMM_ST 102-CNPublic Speaking
COMM_ST 205-CNTheories of Persuasion
Choice of one:
Principles of Rhetorical Criticism
Communication and Culture
Persuasive Images: The Rhetoric of Contemporary Culture
Choice of one:
Communication & Technology
Intro to Health Communication
Theories of Mediated Communication
Two Seminars
COMM_ST 294-CNFirst-Year Seminar
COMM_ST 394-CNCommunication Studies Research Seminar
Six Communication Studies Courses
One 200 or 300-level COMM_ST course
Five 300-level COMM_ST courses

 

Degree Requirements

The bachelor of philosophy in communication (BPhilCom) is an interdisciplinary professional degree awarded to students who major in Communication StudiesCommunication Systems, or Radio/Television/Film. The BPhilCom degree is conferred by the School of Communication.

Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication

To earn the BPhilCom degree, students must complete a total of 42 units, including a writing requirement, distribution requirements, a major and electives. Minors are optional.

Courses Units Earned
English 111 or 205 1
English 113 or Perf St 103 1
Humanities 3
Psychology 3
Science 3
Social Sciences 3
Major Requirements 12-14
Electives Up to 16
Total 42

About the Writing Requirement

The writing requirement ensures that all students can meet the rigorous writing demands of courses in all disciplines. Transfer and performance-based admission students must fulfill the writing requirement through one of two options:

Option 1: Complete an English composition course at SPS.

Demonstrate successfully completion of English 111 or 205. A grade of C or higher is required. 

Option 2: Successfully appeal the writing requirement.

Students who believe they have the writing skills necessary for university-level research and analytical papers may appeal the SPS writing requirement. Submit a letter of appeal and two college/university research papers written during previous studies or at SPS. Following the review of the appeal, students will receive an email reporting the results, followed by a letter. Send appeal materials to:

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs
School of Professional Studies
Northwestern University
339 East Chicago Avenue, 6th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Appeal materials must be submitted by the quarter deadline before entry.

About the Distribution Requirements

Students complete course work in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences to obtain a broad experience in the liberal arts. Courses that satisfy these distribution requirements include the following areas:

Humanities

Art history, classics, comparative literary studies, English literature, foreign languages (up to two units), history, music history, philosophy, religion, and some courses in African American studies, foreign languages with literature, gender studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, and theatre.

Sciences

Astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering, geography, information systems, mathematics, physics and some courses in anthropology, communication sciences and disorders, psychology, radio/television/film and statistics.

Social Sciences

Anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, and some courses in African American studies, communication sciences and disorders, gender studies, psychology and statistics.