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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

  • A minimum of 36 and a maximum of 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 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.   
    • Transfer students majoring in journalism are required to graduate with a total of 80 credit hours outside the field of communication.
  • 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 Courses

Complete 3 credit hours in United States history from the following:

Economics Courses

Complete 3 credit hours in Economics courses from the following:

Minor or Second Major Requirement

  • A minor or second major outside the School of Communication

Communication Course Requirements (36 credit hours)

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Tracks

Select one of the following two tracks:

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

 9 credit hours from the following:

Media Studies (9 credit hours)

 9 credit hours from the following:

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 Degreesfor more information.