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BA Film & Media Arts Degree and Course Requirements

Communication: Film and Media Arts (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 the freshman 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.

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

Major Requirements

  • 39-42 credit hours with grades of C or better within the School of Communication including core, basic, professional, media studies, internship, independent study and independent reading courses.
    • With approval of the student's advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication major requirements.
  • Related course requirements taken outside the School of Communication with grades of C or better.
    • Subject to the approval of an advisor, a maximum of 12 credit hours in communication transferred from another university may be substituted for required communication courses.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Course Requirements

Related Course Requirements

Students must complete the following with grades of C or better:

United States History

  • 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx)

Economics or Marketing Course

Outside Minor or Second Major

  • ¬†Students complete a minor or second major outside of the School of Communication.

Communication Course Requirements (39-42 credit hours)

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Basic Courses (9 credit hours)

Professional Courses (21-24 credit hours)

Intermediate (9 credit hours)
Film and Media Studies (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following:

Advanced (6-9 credit hours)

Additional credit hours may be selected from the following, or as approved by academic advisor, to bring the total to 39-42 credit hours:

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.