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    American University
    Sep 30, 2023  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Programs in the School of Communication

Note: Any student who has earned 60 credit hours and has not achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 will not be allowed to take courses in the school.

A strong liberal arts background is emphasized by the school. To ensure that communication majors attain this background, a significant portion of undergraduate coursework is taken outside the field of communication.

All students intending to major in the School of Communication begin to take core courses during their first and second years. During the first year most students complete COMM-100 Understanding Media , which is required for all majors except Photography (BA) [SOC] . Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA)  and Photography (BA) [SOC]  majors take COMM-105 Visual Literacy  during the first year. During the sophomore year, Communication: Journalism (BA)  and Communication: Communication Studies (BA)  students take COMM-200 Writing for Communication Public Relations & Strategic Communication (BA)  majors take COMM-209 Communication and Society  during the sophomore year, and Communication: Journalism (BA)  majors take COMM-320 Reporting  following COMM-200 Writing for Communication Communication: Communication Studies (BA)  majors complete COMM-378 Introduction to Communication Research Methods  before their sophomore or junior year.

Students continue with one of the programs (Communication: Communication Studies (BA) , Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA) , Communication: Journalism (BA) Communication, Language, and Culture (BA) [SOC] Photography (BA) [SOC] , or Public Relations & Strategic Communication (BA) ) and take a series of carefully chosen skills courses, and communication media studies courses which examine the history, current issues, and future of communication and the media. The ability to write correctly and clearly is stressed in all programs.


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