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School of Communication

 

BA in Foreign Language and Communication Media Requirements


Program Tracks

French, German, Russian, or Spanish combined with Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism, Public Communication, or Film and Media Arts

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 five curricular areas
  • No more than 6 credit hours may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 57 credit hours with grades of C or better
  • Prerequisite competency in the major language at the intermediate level
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA to progress toward degree

Course Requirements

Foundation (6 credit hours)

  • COMM-100 Understanding Media 4:1 FA4 (3)
  • COMM-200 Writing for Mass Communication (3)

Foreign Language (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours of courses in the major language (French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at the 300 level or above taken in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies

Contemporary Culture (6 credit hours)

  • Two courses related to any contemporary culture as approved by advisor

Linguistics (3 credit hours)

  • One of the following:

ANTH-225 Language and Human Experience FA1 (3)

ANTH-254 Language and Culture (3)

TESL-5xx linguistics course as approved by advisor

Communication (24 credit hours)

  • Three media studies courses from the School of Communication, with at least one at the 300-level or above; and five professional courses in one of the four communication program tracks: broadcast journalism, print journalism, public communication, or visual media:

Broadcast Journalism

  • Three media studies courses with at least one at the 300-level or above, as approved by advisor
  • COMM-305 Digital Skills (3)
  • COMM-320 Reporting (3)
  • COMM-385 Digital Audio Production (3)
  • COMM-428 Advanced Television & Video Production (3)
  • COMM-432 Television Field Reporting (3)

Print Journalism

  • Three media studies courses with at least one at the 300-level or above, as approved by advisor
  • COMM-305 Digital Skills (3)
  • COMM-320 Reporting (3)
  • COMM-425 Advanced Reporting (3)
  • Two from the following:

COMM-325 Feature Article Writing (3)

COMM-326 Sports Journalism (3)

COMM-330 Principles of Photography (3)

COMM-502 In-Depth Journalism (3)

COMM-521 Opinion Writing (3)

COMM-545 Business and Economic Journalism (3)

Public Communication

  • COMM-209 Communication and Society (3)
  • Two additional media studies courses with at least one at the 300-level or above, as approved by advisor
  • COMM-301 Public Relations (Must be completed with a B or better) (3)
  • COMM-337 Public Relations Writing (3)
  • COMM-346 Public Relations Case Studies (3)
  • COMM-380 Public Communication Research (3)
  • COMM-437 Public Relations Media (3)

Film and Media Arts

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy FA1 (3)
  • Two additional media studies courses with at least one at the 300-level or above, as approved by advisor
  • COMM-250 Digital Imaging (3)
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography (3)
  • COMM-331 Film and Video Production I (3)
  • COMM-382 Writing for Visual Media (3)
  • One additional course approved by advisor

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.