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    Jan 30, 2023  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023

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 minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and declare a major in communication are not allowed to take courses in the School of Communication  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 , including at least 21 credit hours at or above 300-level
    • 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.
    • ​Minor or second major outside the School of Communication  
    • 3 credit hours from ECON  coursework
    • ​3 credit hours from United States history (HIST ) coursework
  • ​​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 Professional Track or Media Studies Electives:

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.