Students with academic interests not available in the context of existing majors, minors, and double majors may propose a combined or independent major. In these majors, students pursue in-depth study in areas that are supported and approved by the appropriate Northeastern faculty members.

Combined majors include at least nine courses associated with each of two participating disciplines. There must be at least one course that acts as a bridge between the disciplines. No more than two courses may count for both disciplines, i.e., there must be at least 16 courses in the combined major. The combined major should be declared by the end of the first semester of the junior year. It is generally advantageous to declare the combined major as early as possible, especially when highly structured disciplinary components are involved. There are three categories of combined majors:

  1. A number of defined combined majors currently exist where the curriculum is specific to each individual program; see list under “Currently Defined Combined Majors” below.
  2. A number of disciplines have preapproved template programs that may be paired in a variety of combinations to yield combined majors; see list under “New Combined Majors” below.
  3. Disciplines will consider combined programs upon student request.

Students may request admission to a currently defined combined major by following the standard procedure for changing majors. A home college is designated, in which the student will be registered and from which he or she will be graduated. Students completing a combined major receive one degree and one diploma. The combined major and home college will appear on the transcript and diploma.

Defined Combined Majors

  • American Sign Language and Human Services, BS
  • American Sign Language and Linguistics, BS
  • American Sign Language and Psychology, BS
  • American Sign Language and Theatre, BS
  • Biology and English, BS
  • Biology and Mathematics, BS
  • Biology and Political Science, BS
  • Business Administration and Design, BS
  • Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, BSCHE
  • Chemical Engineering and Physics, BSCHE
  • Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies, BA
  • Communication Studies and Sociology, BA
  • Computer Engineering and Computer Science, BSCompE
  • Computer Engineering and Physics, BSCompE
  • Computer Science and Biology, BS
  • Computer Science and Business Administration, BS
  • Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, BS
  • Computer Science and Communication Studies, BS
  • Computer Science and Criminal Justice, BS
  • Computer Science and Design, BS
  • Computer Science and Economics, BS
  • Computer Science and English, BS
  • Computer Science and Environmental Science, BS
  • Computer Science and Game Development, BS
  • Computer Science and History, BS
  • Computer Science and Information Science, BS
  • Computer Science and Journalism, BS
  • Computer Science and Linguistics, BS
  • Computer Science and Mathematics, BS
  • Computer Science and Media Arts, BS
  • Computer Science and Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology, BS
  • Computer Science and Philosophy, BS
  • Computer Science and Physics, BS
  • Computer Science and Political Science, BS
  • Computer Science and Sociology, BS
  • Criminal Justice and Political Science, BS
  • Criminal Justice and Psychology, BS
  • Digital Art and Game Design, BFA (soon to be Game Art and Animation, BFA)
  • Economics and Business Administration, BS
  • Economics and Mathematics, BS
  • Economics and Philosophy, BS
  • Electrical Engineering and Physics, BSEE
  • English and Communication Studies, BA
  • English and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • English and Graphic and Information Design, BA
  • Environmental Geology and Chemistry, BS
  • Environmental Studies and Economics, BS
  • Environmental Studies and History, BA
  • Environmental Studies and International Affairs, BA
  • Environmental Studies and Philosophy, BA
  • Environmental Studies and Political Science, BA
  • Graphic and Information Design and Mathematics, BS
  • History and Asian Studies, BA
  • History and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • History and English, BA
  • Human Services and Communication Studies, BA
  • Human Services and Criminal Justice, BS
  • Human Services and International Affairs, BA
  • Human Services and Sociology, BA
  • Human Services and Sociology, BS
  • Information Science and Business Administration, BS
  • Information Science and Cognitive Psychology, BS
  • Information Science and Environmental Science, BS
  • Information Science and Journalism, BS
  • International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • International Affairs and Economics, BA
  • International Affairs and Religious Studies, BA
  • Jewish Studies and Religion, BA
  • Spanish and International Affairs, BA
  • Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology, BS
  • Linguistics and English, BA
  • Linguistics and Psychology, BS
  • Mathematics and Business Administration, BS
  • Mathematics and Physics, BS
  • Mechanical Engineering and Physics, BSME
  • Media and Screen Studies and English, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and History, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Journalism, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Philosophy, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Political Science, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Sociology, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BA
  • Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BS
  • Media Arts and Communication Studies, BA
  • Music and Communication Studies with Concentration in Music Industry, BS
  • Physics and Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology, BS
  • Physics and Philosophy, BS
  • Political Science and Business Administration, BS
  • Political Science and Communication Studies, BA
  • Political Science and Communication Studies, BS
  • Political Science and Economics, BA
  • Political Science and Economics, BS
  • Political Science and International Affairs, BA
  • Political Science and Philosophy, BA
  • Political Science and Philosophy, BS
  • Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, BA
  • Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, BS
  • Sociology and Environmental Studies, BS
  • Sociology and International Affairs, BA
  • Sociology and Political Science, BA

Students may request admission to a new combined major via the Combined Major Approval Form that requires approval by both disciplines/colleges together with an approved curriculum. The request may be for a combined major comprised of preapproved template programs or for a new combined major to be considered by the participating disciplines. During the planning process, advisors from both disciplines will be designated, and one will be identified as the primary advisor. If the two disciplines partnering in the combined major are in different colleges, a home college will be designated in which the student will be registered and from which he or she will be graduated. A meeting of the student and both advisors representing the two disciplines must be held to plan the combined-major curriculum and to consider NUpath requirements. See the lists below of “Discipline Advisors” and “College Contacts” for new student-requested combined majors.

Students completing a combined major receive one degree and one diploma. The combined major and home college will appear on the transcript and diploma. When the two components of the combined major individually offer different degree designations, the degree designation that will appear on the transcript and diploma will be designated during the approval process.

Preapproved Template Programs for Combined Majors

  • Architecture
  • Asian Studies (BA)
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • English (BA)
  • Experience Design
  • Graphic and Information Design (BA and BS)
  • History (BA and BS)
  • Interaction Design
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Media and Screen Studies
  • Media Arts (BA and BS)
  • Music (BA)
  • Music Composition and Technology
  • Music Industry (BS)
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre (BA and BS)
  • Urban Landscape
  • Visual Studies (BA)

For student use in planning a combined major

DisciplineAdvisorEmail
African-American StudiesRichard G. Wamair.wamai@northeastern.edu
American Sign LanguageDennis R. Cokelyd.cokely@northeastern.edu
ArchitectureMichael Smithmi.smith@northeastern.edu
Art + Design—Graphic and
Information Design
Thomas Starrt.starr@northeastern.edu
Art + Design—Interaction DesignAnn McDonalda.mcdonald@northeastern.edu
Art + Design—Media ArtsCelia Pearcec.pearce@northeastern.edu
Art + Design—Visual StudiesMilda Richardsonm.richardson@northeastern.edu
Asian StudiesGavin M. Shatking.shatkin@northeastern.edu
BiochemistrySusan Powers-Lees.powers-lee@northeastern.edu
BiologyGail Begleyg.begley@northeastern.edu
BusinessLauren DeSantisl.desantis@northeastern.edu
ChemistryNamratha Shettyna.shetty@northeastern.edu
Communication StudiesDale A. Herbeckd.herbeck@northeastern.edu
Computer ScienceMark Ericksonm.erickson@northeastern.edu
Criminal Justice/CriminologySimon Singers.singer@northeastern.edu
Cultural AnthropologyAlan M. Kleina.klein@northeastern.edu
Cultures, Societies, and Global StudiesAlan West-Durand.west-duran@northeastern.edu
Data ScienceMark Ericksonm.erickson@northeastern.edu
EconomicsPeter Simonp.simon@northeastern.edu
EngineeringCandace A. Martelc.martel@northeastern.edu
EnglishNicole Aljoen.aljoe@northeasern.edu
Environmental ScienceRichard H. Bailey or Jonathan H. Grabowskir.bailey@northeastern.edu
j.grabowski@northeastern.edu
Environmental StudiesMalcolm D. Hill
or Brian Helmuth
m.hill@northeastern.edu
b.helmuth@northeastern.edu
Game DesignCelia Pearcec.pearce@northeastern.edu
HistoryHeather Streets-Salterh.streetssalter@northeastern.edu
Human ServicesLori M. Gardinierl.gardinier@northeastern.edu
Information ScienceMark Ericksonm.erickson@northeastern.edu
International AffairsIoannis LivanisI.Livanis@northeastern.edu
Jewish StudiesJennifer I. Sartorij.sartori@northeastern.edu
JournalismDaniel D. Kennedyda.kennedy@northeastern.edu
LinguisticsHeather A. Littlefieldh.littlefield@northeastern.edu
Marine BiologyMark Pattersonm.patterson@northeastern.edu
MathematicsPrasanth George or Solomon M. Jekelp.george@northeastern.edu
s.jekel@northeastern.edu
Media and Screen StudiesNathan Blaken.blake@northeastern.edu
MusicAllen G. Feinsteina.feinstein@northeastern.edu
Pharmaceutical SciencesOlivia LeClairo.leclair@northeastern.edu
PhilosophyMichael C. Meyerm.meyer@northeastern.edu
PhysicsJ. Timothy Saget.sage@northeastern.edu
Political ScienceDavid Rochefortd.rochefort@northeastern.edu
PsychologyDawn Cisewskid.cisewski@northeastern.edu
Religious StudiesMichael Meyerm.meyer@northeastern.edu
SociologyLiza WeinsteinL.Weinstein@northeastern.edu
TheatreAntonio Ocampo-Guzmana.ocampo-guzman@northeastern.edu

For faculty advisor use during combined-major approval process

CollegeContactEmail
College of Arts, Media and DesignAlison Ottavianoa.ottaviano@northeastern.edu
Damore-McKim School of BusinessLauren DeSantisl.desantis@northeastern.edu
College of Computer and Information ScienceJessica Bironj.biron@northeastern.edu
College of EngineeringCandace A. Martelc.martel@northeastern.edu
Bouvé College of Health SciencesCarmen Sceppac.sceppa@northeastern.edu
College of ScienceAmber Watsona.watson@northeastern.edu
College of Social Sciences and HumanitiesLaura Greenla.green@northeastern.edu