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The Communication, Media and Theatre Department, as suggested by its name, includes three distinct, creative and demanding disciplines that are linked with their foundation in the study of communication in a variety of contexts. Students majoring in these areas will learn to become more proficient in the theory and practice of communication, media and theatre arts, while developing an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of the world in which they live.

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Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

The undergraduate degree is a liberal arts oriented degree program which allows students to concentrate, via elective course selection, in any of the three areas of study offered within the department: Communication (CMT-COMM), Theatre (CMT-THEA), and Mass Media (CMT-MDIA). A total of 32 hours is needed to fulfill the requirements for a major in Communication, Media and Theatre.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behaviour Sciences (12 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)
2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.

4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.

Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.


Core Courses

  • CMTC 101 Public Speaking

  • CMTC 200 Theories of Communication, Media and Theatre (WIP)

  • CMTC 202 Voice and Diction

One course in Communication

  • CMTC 213 Interpersonal Communication,

  • CMTC 214 Business and Professional Communication

  • CMTC 215 Small Group Communication

One course in Media

  • CMTM 205 Fundamentals of Media Writing

  • CMTM 260 Introduction to Video Production

  • CMTM 265 Mass Media and Society

One course in Theatre

  • CMTT 130 Introduction to Theatre

  • CMTT 221 Acting I

  • CMTT 240 Stagecraft

Two credits of Theatre Practicum

  • CMTT 139 Theatre Practicum 1 credit (must be taken twice)

  • CMTT 239 Theatre Practicum 2 credits

Eighteen credits of elective courses

  • Choose any courses with the “CMT” prefix.

  • Twelve of these eighteen credits (four courses) must be 300-level CMT courses.

Note: These are the CMT major courses (38 credits). Students must also complete additional university graduation requirements outside of the major and should consult the Northeastern Illinois University Academic Catalog.


Careers & Employment 

The department has a very successful internship program that has helped many of our graduates secure employment upon graduation. College graduates with a degree in CMT hold positions in public relations, management, sales, social work, politics, law, counseling, teaching at all levels, theatre management, performance, video production and management, and many other professions. The skills acquired in the major are applicable to most fields.

Program Contact Information 

To declare a Communication, Media and Theatre major visit our main office (FA 240). For more information call 773-442-5950 or email

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773) 442-5160 or visit the web at  Clock on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at or visit the web at   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis.  Admissions Counselors are availble:
Monday thru Thursday
9:00am to 6:30pm
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admissions office:  (773) 442+4050
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.


Subject to change. See current catalog for up-to-date information. For further information call 773 / 442-5950. 

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