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BA-CMST Degree and Course Requirements

 

University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours
  • 6 credit hours of college writing
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of one foundation course and one second-level course in an approved sequence from each of the five curricular areas
  • No more than 6 credit hours may be taken in the same discipline

Concentrations

History of the Media, International Media, Media and Government, or Media and Society

Major Requirements

  • A minimum of 36 and a maximum of 40 credit hours with grades of C or better within the School of Communication including core, media ethics and legal aspects, concentration, and media studies 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
  • A minimum of 80 credit hours outside the field of communication, including 65 credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences, are required for the major. Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

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. Transfer students majoring in communication studies are required to graduate with a total of 80 credit hours outside the field of communication.

Related Course Requirements

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

  • 3 credit hours in American history (HIST-xxx)
  • 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx)
  • A minor or second major outside the School of Communication

Communication Course Requirements (36 credit hours)

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

  • COMM-100 Understanding Media FA4 (3)
  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy FA1 (3)
  • COMM-200 Writing for Communication (3)
  • COMM-209 Communication and Society (3)
  • COMM-305 Digital Skills (3)

Media and Legal Ethics Courses (3 credit hours)

  • One of the following:

COMM-401 Communication Law (3)

COMM-504 Journalism Ethics (3)

COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication (3)

History of the Media Concentration (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours from the following:

COMM-270 How the News Media Shaped History FA2 (3)

COMM-275 Dissident Media: Voices from the Underground FA4 (3)

COMM-360 Myths of the Media (3)

COMM-401 Communication Law (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-504 Journalism Ethics (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-505 History of Broadcast Journalism (3)

COMM-511 History of Documentary (3)

COMM-514 Censorship and the Media (3)

COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3)

COMM-520 History of Animation (3)

COMM-527 History of Photography (3)

COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-547 Great Books in U.S. Journalism (3)

COMM-586 History of Czech Cinema (3) (Prague)

COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema (3)

COMM-391 Internship (3)

or

COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)

an approved elective outside of SOC

International Media Concentration (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours from the following:

COMM-280 Contemporary Media in a Global Society FA3 (3)

COMM-360 Myths of the Media (3)

COMM-507 News Media in Britain (3) (London)

COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3)

COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-539 International Public Communication (3)

COMM-546 Foreign Policy and the Press (3)

COMM-548 Global Journalism: Issues and Trends in the Twenty-First Century (3)

COMM-549 Topics in International Media (3)

COMM-585 Directing (3) (Prague)

COMM-589 Communication, Culture and the Environment

COMM-391 Internship (3)

or

COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)

an approved elective outside of SOC

Media and Government Concentration (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours from the following:

COMM-270 How the News Media Shaped History FA2 (3)

COMM-275 Dissident Media: Voices from the Underground FA4 (3)

COMM-327 The PR Presidency (3)

COMM-360 Myths of the Media (3)

COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture (3)

COMM-401 Communication Law (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-504 Journalism Ethics (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-508 The Media and Government (3)

COMM-509 Politics and the Media (3)

COMM-514 Censorship and the Media (3)

COMM-515 Children, Youth and Digital Culture (3)

COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-531 Political Communication (3)

COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-589 Communication, Culture and the Environment

COMM-391 Internship (3)

or

COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)

an approved elective outside of SOC

Media and Society Concentration (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours from the following:

COMM-270 How the News Media Shaped History FA2 (3)

COMM-275 Dissident Media: Voices from the Underground FA4 (3)

COMM-360 Myths of the Media (3)

COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture (3)

COMM-503 Broadcast & Multimedia Journalism Management

COMM-401 Communication Law (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-504 Journalism Ethics (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-510 Women in Journalism (3)

COMM-511 History of Documentary (3)

COMM-514 Censorship and the Media (3)

COMM-515 Children, Youth & Digital Culture (3)

COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3) with permission of the student’s advisor

COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3)

COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication (3) if not used to fulfill media and ethics requirement above

COMM-534 Race & Gender in Communication & Media (3)

COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema (3)

COMM-589 Communication, Culture and the Environment

COMM-391 Internship (3)

or

COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)

an approved elective outside of SOC

University Honors Program

All University Honors students must complete at least 12 credit hours of advanced-level (300-level and above) Honors courses including a 3 to 6 credit hour Honors Senior Capstone Project. Students may graduate with University Honors in the major if they complete at least 12 advanced-level Honors courses including the Senior Capstone Project in the department. Each department has three levels of University Honors requirements: Level I Options (100-200-level Honors classes); Level II Options (300-level and above Honors classes); and Level III Options (Honors Senior Capstone). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding departmental options.

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs. Undergraduate students may complete up to 3 credits for every 9 credits required for the graduate degree that may be applied to the requirements for both degree programs. The department that oversees the graduate program the student enters will determine if the courses the undergraduate student completes will satisfy master’s degree requirements.

Bachelor’s/master’s students must complete at least 18 in-residence credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor’s degree is earned and maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.