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    Jun 10, 2023  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023

Communication, Language, and Culture (BA)

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

Admission to the Program

Students are admitted either to the Department of School of Communication  or to the Department of World Languages and Cultures  in the College of Arts and Sciences . Formal admission to the Communication, Language, and Culture (CLC) 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 CLC are not allowed to take courses in the School of Communication  after they have completed 60 credit hours of undergraduate credit.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 57 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 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 requirements
  • Tracks: Complete one Language and one Communication track from the following:
    • Language: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish
    • Communication: Broadcast Journalism, Communication Studies, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, or Public Relations & Strategic Communication
  • Prerequisite competency in the major language at the intermediate level
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA

Course Requirements

Foundation (3 credit hours)

Linguistics (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Contemporary Culture, or other approved courses:

Language Track (18 credit hours)

Complete one of the following language tracks:

Communication Track (27 credit hours)

Complete one of the following communication tracks:

Broadcast Journalism

Communication Studies

Film and Media Arts

Electives (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Capstone, with at least 3 credit hours at or above 300-level, or other coursework approved by advisor:


Capstone (3 credit hours)

Public Relations & Strategic Communication

Electives (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, with at least 3 credit hours at or above 300-level, or other coursework approved by advisor:

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.