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    American University
    Jun 19, 2024  
American University Catalog 2017-2018 
American University Catalog 2017-2018 [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 communication begin to take core courses during their freshman and sophomore years. During the freshman year COMM-100 Understanding Media  is required for all students and COMM-200 Writing for Communication  is usually required during the sophomore year. Film and media arts majors also take COMM-105 Visual Literacy  during the freshman year, public communication majors take COMM-209 Communication and Society  during the sophomore year, and journalism majors take COMM-320 Reporting  following COMM-200 Writing for Communication .

Students continue with one of the programs (Communication: Journalism (BA) , Public Relations & Strategic Communication (BA) , Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA) , or Communication: Communication Studies (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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