Our Story

The American University School of Communication empowers undergraduates and graduates in its programs to tell stories that influence change, inspire action, and transform our communities and our world.

Each one of our bachelor of arts programs will hone your professional skills for audio, video, mobile, and online platforms. You'll build a core knowledge in journalism, strategic communication and public relations, or film and media arts, and bolster that with solid fundamentals in communication and media theory and research, writing, editing, and media production.

Our graduate programs will build your competence and knowledge as a multi-platform communicator. Whether you hope to become a communication researcher; a documentary or narrative filmmaker or producer; a strategist crafting a campaign; a broadcast, print, or digital journalist; even a game developer designing new virtual worlds, we will teach you the in-demand skills critical to your professional success. You will also learn the critical theory and fundamental underpinnings to sustain your career well into the future.

At the School of Communication, you'll work with and learn from a constellation of movers and shakers-award winning faculty who share their expertise and insight; adjuncts who bring hands-on, real-world experience right into the classroom; inspiring guest speakers at the forefront of their professions; even your fellow students who hail from across the globe. School of Communication students can leverage the broad academic and professional opportunities offered through our renowned research centers and gain direct production experience in our-state-of-the-art film, audio, and video studios.

With Washington, D.C., one of the most exciting, influential, and dynamic cities in the world, as your classroom, you'll have opportunities and internships that will open the door to a career in the communication industry.

Make your mark, author your story, and shape your future. Find your place at the American University School of Communication. 

Our Mission

Engaging. Enterprising. Experiential. 

American University's School of Communication inspires leaders through excellence in teaching, research, creativity and unique real-world opportunities.

Share Your Experiences

Our Diversity Committee want to hear from you! Share your constructive ideas and personal experiences with socdiversity@american.edu or our online form. Submissions are anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.

Diversity at the School of Communication

Throughout our history, inclusiveness and diversity have been hallmarks of American University. Our academic, social, and organizational strength is enhanced by our inclusiveness and respect for the unique identity of individuals reflected in their cultural traditions, beliefs, and viewpoints.

The School of Communication embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, disability, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual viewpoint. We are committed to creating an environment that welcomes and nurtures diversity within our student body; faculty; curriculum and teaching; creative, scholarly, and professional activities; and service.

The School of Communication is committed to creating an environment that welcomes and nurtures diversity within our student body; faculty; curriculum and teaching; creative, scholarly, and professional activities; and service. To realize this goal, we have formulated the following plan:

  1. A diverse academic community directly contributes to the quality of higher education.
  2. The United States and the world are diverse environments, and students must be academically and socially prepared to live and work successfully in these environments.
  3. A commitment to diversity is based on respect for each person's value as a human being and as a member of society.
  4. In turn, respect for diversity contributes directly to individual growth, perspectives, and abilities.
  5. Talented individuals come from every background, and the school can realize its academic mission only by drawing its students and faculty from a diverse population.
  6. This plan is adopted in the context of the sincere desire and intent to overcome the lack of progress by the academy—and the professions we serve—to achieve adequate levels of diversity, despite longstanding efforts to address the issue through a variety of well-intentioned initiatives.