Mar 23, 2018  
American University Catalog 2017-2018 
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA) [CAS/WLC]

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Offered jointly by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences , and the School of Communication .

Admission to the Program

Students are admitted either to the School of Communication or to the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences. Formal admission to the Foreign Language and Communication Media (FLCM) major requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50. Students who are unable to achieve a 2.50 GPA and declare a major in FLCM are not allowed to take courses in the School of Communication after they have completed 60 credit hours of undergraduate credit.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 57 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • With approval of the student's advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication requirements
  • Program tracks: French, German, Russian, or Spanish combined with Broadcast Journalism, Film and Media Arts, Print Journalism, or Public Relations & Strategic Communication
  • Prerequisite competency in the major language at the intermediate level
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA

Course Requirements

Foreign Language (18 credit hours)

Linguistics (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Communication Program Tracks (24 credit hours)

Complete one of the four communication program tracks, including three media studies courses from the School of Communication (with at least one at or above the 300-level), and five professional courses: broadcast journalism, film and media arts, print journalism, or public relations & strategic communication.

Broadcast Journalism

Film and Media Arts

Media Studies

Print Journalism


Public Relations & Strategic Communication

Media Studies

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees  for more information.

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