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    Oct 22, 2021  
American University Catalog 2020-2021 
    
American University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication: Journalism (BA)


Offered by the School of Communication .

Admission to the Program


Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Students should declare their major by the end of the sophomore year and no earlier than the end of their first semester.

Students who are unable to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and declare a major in communication are not allowed to take courses in the school after they have completed 60 hours of undergraduate credit.

University Requirements


AU Core Requirements


For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements


  • 42 credit hours with grades of C or better within the School of Communication 
    • With approval of the student’s advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication major requirements
    • With approval of the student’s advisor, a maximum of 12 credit hours in communication transferred from another university may be substituted for required communication courses
  • Related requirements taken outside the School of Communication with grades of C or better:
    Note: These courses are not included in the major GPA.
    • A minor or second major outside the School of Communication
    • 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx)
    • 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx)
  • Minimum of 72 credit hours outside the field of communication
    • Transfer students majoring in journalism are required to graduate with a total of 72 credit hours outside the field of communication
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA

Course Requirements


Professional Track (12 credit hours)


Complete one of the following tracks:

Media Studies (12 credit hours)


Communication Electives (6 credit hours)


Complete 6 credit hours from the following, if not taken to fulfill another requirement of this program:

Capstone (3 credit hours)


Related Requirements


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

Note: These courses are not included in the major GPA.

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 Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.