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World Languages & Cultures

Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA) [CAS/WLC]

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

Admission to the Program

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

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Program Tracks

French, German, Russian, or Spanish combined with Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism, Public Communication, or Film and Media Arts

Major Requirements

  • 57 credit hours with grades of C or better.
    • With approval of the student's advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication requirements.
  • Prerequisite competency in the major language at the intermediate level
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA

Course Requirements

Foreign Language (18 credit hours)

Contemporary Culture (6 credit hours)

  • Two courses related to any contemporary culture as approved by advisor

Linguistics (3 credit hours)

One course from the following:

Communication (24 credit hours)

Complete one of the four communication program tracks, including three media studies courses from the School of Communication (with at least one at the 300-level or above), and five professional courses: broadcast journalism, print journalism, public communication, or visual media.

Broadcast Journalism

Media Studies Courses
  • Three media studies courses with at least one at the 300-level or above, as approved by advisor

Film and Media Arts

Media Studies Courses

Print Journalism

Media Studies Courses
  • Three media studies courses with at least one at the 300-level or above, as approved by advisor

Public Relations & Strategic Communication

Media Studies Courses

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.

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 Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

For More Information

Please contact:

Courtney Pollack
(202) 885-1452
pollack@american.edu