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BA Journalism Degree and Course Requirements

Communication: Journalism (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

  • 36-40 credit hours with grades of C or better within the School of Communication including core, 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.
    • With approval of the student's advisor, a maximum of 12 credit hours in communication transferred from another university may be substituted for required communication courses.
  • Related requirements taken outside the School of Communication with grades of C or better. Note: These courses are not included in the major GPA.
    • 3 credit hours in United States history (HIST-xxx).
    • 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx).
    • A minor or second major outside the School of Communication.
  • Minimum of 72 credit hours outside the field of communication.
    • Transfer students majoring in journalism are required to graduate with a total of 72 credit hours outside the field of communication.
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Course Requirements

Related Requirements

Complete the following with grades of C or better:

United States History

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Economics

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Outside Minor or Second Major

  • Minor or second major outside the School of Communication

Communication Requirements (36 credit hours)

Core (15 credit hours)

Tracks (21 credit hours)

Complete one of the following two tracks:

Broadcast Journalism (21 credit hours)
Required (9 credit hours)
12 credit hours from the following:
Print Journalism (21 credit hours)
Required (3 credit hours)
Skills (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following:

Media Studies (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following:

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.