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FAQ for Newly Admitted Graduate Students


  • Graduate Admissions
    McKinley, Room 111

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Newly Admitted Graduates

Welcome to SOC

You are beginning one of the most memorable periods in your life, and we at the School of Communication are honored to be a part of it.

Congratulations on your admission to American University's School of Communication!

This page provides answers to the most frequently asked questions by our newly admitted graduate students. We update this page frequently so check back often to ensure that you have the latest information regarding your transition to American University's School of Communication.

New Student Checklist

  • Have you paid your seat deposit?
  • Filled out a FAFSA form?
  • Started exploring housing options?
  • Looked through the schedule of classes to start planning for the upcoming semester?

Important Dates and Info:

  • Admitted Students Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:30 am in the McKinley Building.

 10:30 am- Breakfast and Check In

 11:00 am- Opening Remarks

 11:15 am- Intersections at SOC

 12:30 pm- Lunch with SOC Faculty                     

 1:30 pm - Breakout Sessions by Division

 2:30 pm- The SOC Student Experience 

 4:00 pm- Closing Remarks

 4:00 pm- Graduate Office open for questions

  • To observe a graduate class and/or join us for a free trip to the Newseum on Friday, March 27, 2015 (as part of Admitted Student's Day activities) please email us at gradcomm@american.edu.

Open classes include (All classes are now full):

COMM 522: Writing/Edit Convergent Media - Full at this time

News writing and text editing for all platforms of digital journalism. The course covers text formats, breaking news, headlines, blurbs, writing for mobile, social media, search engine optimization (SEO) basics, blogs, and more

COMM 552: Social Media Strategy & Tactics - Full at this time

This course focuses on understanding how organizations, including corporations, nonprofits, and the government employ digital strategic communications in their public relations outreach. Search engine marketing, mobile communications, and viral campaigns are examined. The course features case studies, use of social media tools, and experts in social media from various fields.

COMM 638: Production Practicum (Basic Media Production) - Full at this time

This course presents basic lessons in visual concept development and design, and allows students outside of communication or film and media arts to develop important practical visual communication skills in web site development, photography, and film and video production. This course teaches students experientially as they create and produce projects, as well as theoretically, as they learn how to analyze, critique, and effectively create these various media. By the end of this course, students have an online portfolio to display these skills as well as market themselves online as communication professionals.

Space is limited to email us at your earliest convenience at gradcomm@American.edu to reserve a space.

  • From this point on, all correspondence to you from the University will be sent to your american.edu email account. It is critical that you check your AU email regularly. You are responsible for information sent to that account, including wait list notifications.
  • Your myau.american.edu portal contains a wealth of information – fees, registration and waitlist status, course schedules, etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the SOC Graduate Office with any questions at 202-885-2040 or via email at gradcomm@american.edu.

Follow this link for more helpful information to ease your transition to SOC.

What are Current Students Saying About SOC?

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"The faculty are phenomenal!"

"You learn a lot in class and gain real-world experience."

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"I love the public comm graduate program at AU!"