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BA in Communication Studies

SOC Comm Studies Joe Campbell and students around table

BA in Communication Studies

The Communication Studies program is the School of Communication’s sole cross-divisional, interdisciplinary undergraduate course of study. It is a liberal arts-oriented major that draws on the strengths of the School’s Journalism, Public Communication, and Film and Media Arts curricula. Comm Studies thus reflects the convergence that characterizes the communications disciplines.

The Comm Studies program is intended for students seeking a broad-based, intellectually challenging course of study that will allow them to expand and deepen their understanding of the political, social, cultural, global, and historical dimensions of communications disciplines. Majors focus their studies in one of four areas of concentration: History of Media, International Media, Media and Government, and Media and Society.

The program offers students in-depth exposure to the scholarship and intellectual trends in communication while allowing students to gain familiarity with fundamental skills that define journalism, public communication, and film and media arts.

The breadth and rigor of the Comm Studies major prepare students to pursue graduate studies and research, and/or professional careers in communication. Graduates of the program have enrolled in graduate school or law school, and have landed entry-level professional positions.

Admission to the Program

Students apply to American University, upon admission, they may choose any major offered by AU. 

For current students, 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.

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.