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Academic Planning Worksheets

Academic Planning Worksheets are a self-assessment tool to plan and evaluate remaining requirements. This tool is designed to supplement Eagle Service and your Degree Audit.

Finding your Academic Planning Worksheet: Please select the Academic Planning worksheet that not only matches your major, but corresponds with your Catalog year (the semester you started AU).

How to Use:

  1. You will need to input the Course Pre-Fix and Course Number. For example, indicate it in this sequence: COMM 380 or COMM 437.
  2. The next column that is titled Semester at the top of the page has a space for you to indicate what semester you took the class. For example, FA 18 or SP 19.
  3. The bottom left side of the worksheet has a space for you to calculate the following credits
    • Gen Ed/AU Core Courses Remaining (chose what applies to you)
    • US History/Econ Credits Remaining
    • SOC Major Credits Remaining
    • Minor or 2nd Major Credited Remaining
    • Total Credits Remaining (120 is the minimum required for a bachelor’s degree including a minor or double major)
  4. Please be sure to read the important notes listed on the bottom right side of the worksheet. These include the requirement of earning a minimum of 2.5 GPA among others.

Communication Studies Academic Planning Sheets

Academic planning sheet for students entering prior to Fall 2018
Academic planning sheet for students entering Fall 2018 to present

Foreign Language & Communication Media Academic Planning Sheets

Academic planning sheet for students entering prior to Fall 2018
Academic planning sheet for students entering Fall 2018 to present

Journalism Academic Planning Sheets

For students entering prior to Fall 2018
For students entering Fall 2018 or after
For students entering Fall 2020 or after

Photography Academic Planning Sheets

Academic planning sheet for students entering Fall 2018 or after
Academic planning sheet for students entering Fall 2020 or after

Public Relations and Strategic Communication Academic Planning Sheets

Academic planning sheet for students entering prior to Fall 2018
Academic planning sheet for students entering Fall 2018 or later
Academic planning sheet for students entering Fall 2020 or later

Required Major Course Options

Academic Catalog Year Definition

An enrolled student's academic catalog year is defined by the academic year in which the student first enrolls at American University. It aligns with the program requirements published in that year's University Catalog. The academic catalog year remains the same during the student's continuous enrollment at AU, and is only changed under specific circumstances within the span of that continuous enrollment.

The University reserves the right to revise the program requirements and to correct errors in the University Catalog at any time.

Fall 2020

*For catalog year 2017 or earlier

History of Media Concentration

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shaped History
  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Comm
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-416-001 Masters of European Cinema
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

Media and Society Concentration

  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Comm
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-420-002 Designing Immersive Experiences
  • COMM-420-004 Comedy and Social Change
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

Media and Government Concentration

  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Comm
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

International Media Concentration

  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Comm
  • COMM-391 Communication Career Internship
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-416-001 Masters of European Cinema
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491

*For catalog year 2018 or later

skills

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-260 Quantitative Methods for Journalists 
  • COMM-282 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-418 Data-Driven Journalism
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

MEdia studies

  • COMM-209 Communication and Society
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-416-001 Masters of European Cinema
  • COMM-420-002 Designing Immersive Experiences
  • COMM-420-004 Comedy and Social Change
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-439 Political Communicaiton
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

SKILLS

  • COMM-301 Public Relations
  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-320 Reporting
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-331 Film and Video Production I
  • COMM-435 Television Studio Production
  • COMM-521 Opinion Writing

Media STUDIES

  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-413 Producing Film and Video
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

*For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

media studies

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shaped History
  • COMM-324 Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Media
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-413 Producing Film and Video
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

* For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Film and Media Studies

  • COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture
  • COMM-412 Social Documentary
  • COMM-413 Producing Film and Video
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-416-001 Topics in Film and Media Arts: Masters of European Cinema
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-420-004 Comedy and Social Change
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020 (4 credits)
  • COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films

Intermediate

  • COMM-420-002 Designing Immersive Experiences
  • COMM-434 Film & Video Production II
  • COMM-435 Television Studio Production
  • COMM-454 Motion Graphics and Effects I 
  • COMM-479 Fine Art Photography

Advanced

  • COMM-464 Directing Actors for Camera
  • COMM-466 Writing the Feature Film
  • COMM-474 The Business of Television
  • COMM-476 Photojournalism & Social Documentary
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-506 Writing the Short Film
  • COMM-568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television

* For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

history or Media Studies

  • COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture
  • COMM-412 Social Documentary
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-416-001 Topics in Film and Media Arts: Masters of European Cinema
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-420-004 Comedy and Social Change
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020 (4 credits)

production

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-002 Designing Immersive Experiences
  • COMM-434 Film & Video Production II
  • COMM-435 Television Studio Production
  • COMM-454 Motion Graphics and Effects I 
  • COMM-464 Directing Actors for Camera
  • COMM-474 The Business of Television
  • COMM-476 Photojournalism & Social Documentary
  • COMM-479 Fine Art Photography
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films
  • COMM-568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television

writing

  • COMM-466: Writing the Feature Film 

Skills

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-385 Digital Audio Production
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-418 Data-Driven Journalism
  • COMM-420-003 Investigative Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM-426 Sports Writing and Reporting
  • COMM-428 Advanced Television and Video Production
  • COMM-432 Backpack Video Journalism
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-521 Opinion Writing

Media Studies

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-323 Raking the Muck
  • COMM-324 Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Media
  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Communication
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-420-001 Reporting on Immigration
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-496 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom (4 credits)
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

History and Cultural Studies

  • ARTH-210 How Art Became Modern

Intermediate

  • ARTS-205 The Artist’s Perspective: Drawing
  • ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photography
  • COMM-476 Photojournalism and Social Documentary
  • COMM-479 Fine Art Photography

 

Portfolio Building

  • ARTS-464 Printmaking Studio: Screenprint
  • ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photography
  • COMM-331 Film and Video Production I
  • COMM-434 Film and Video Production II
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

*For catalog year 2017 and earlier

Advanced Skills and Strategies

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-387 Strat Comm and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-469 Digital Strat Comm Analytics
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom
  • COMM-521 Opinion Writing
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-573 Visual Design in Strategic Communication

Advanced Topics and Specialities

  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Communication
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-412 Social Documentary
  • COMM-420-004 Comedy and Social Change
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

 

*For catalog year 2018 or later

Topics and skills

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-387 Strat Comm and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-469 Digital Strat Comm Analytics
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-573 Visual Design in Strategic Communication

ELECtives

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-387 Strat Comm and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-004 Comedy and Social Change
  • COMM-420-005 Politics, Campaigns, and Media
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-496-001 Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom
  • COMM-521 Opinion Writing
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-573 Visual Design in Strategic Communication

Spring 2021

***For Catalog Year 2019-2020 and earlier    

Skills

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-325 Feature Article Writing
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-385 Digital Audio & Podcast Production
  • COMM-391 Communication Career Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-417 The Fundamentals of News Design
  • COMM-419 In-Depth Journalism
  • COMM-420 Investigative Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM-420 Advanced Data-Driven Journalism: The Data of Divides
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-428 Advanced Broadcast Production
  • COMM-432 Backpack Video Journalism
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence
  • COMM-560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM-588 Race, Ethnic, and Community Reporting

Media Studies

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-326 Sports Journalism
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-420 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

***For Catalog Year 2020-2021

Media Studies Electives

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-326 Sports Journalism
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-417 The Fundamentals of News Design
  • COMM-420 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-420 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

Communication Electives

*if not taken to fulfill another requirement of this program*

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-325 Feature Article Writing
  • COMM-326 Sports Journalism
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-385 Digital Audio and Podcast Production
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-417 The Fundamentals of News Design
  • COMM-419 In-Depth Journalism
  • COMM-420 The Data of Divides
  • COMM-420 Investigative Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-425 Advanced Reporting
  • COMM-428 Advanced Broadcast Production
  • COMM-432 Backpack Video Journalism
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence
  • COMM-560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM-588 Race, Ethnic, and Community Reporting

*** For Catalog Year 2017-2018 and earlier

Film and Media Studies

  • COMM-201 Survey of International Cinema
  • COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-413 Producing Film and Video
  • COMM-420 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-420 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-467 Comm, Copyright, and Culture
  • COMM-477 History of Photography
  • COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films
  • COMM-569 Executive Suite  

Intermediate

  • COMM-420 Immersive Filmmaking
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-434 Film & Video Production II
  • COMM-454 Motion Graphics and Effects 

Advanced

  • COMM-391 or COMM-491
  • COMM-402 Adv Portfolio: Visual Media
  • COMM-420 Advanced Writing for Film and TV
  • COMM-438 Advanced Directing
  • COMM-438 Cinematography and Lighting
  • COMM-438 Creative Sound Techniques
  • COMM-456 Dramatic Production
  • COMM-478 Adv Portfolio: Large Format and Commercial Photography
  • COMM-484 Writing the Episodic TV Series
  • COMM-486 Documentary Production
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-506 Writing the Short Film
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence
  • COMM-560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM-568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public TV

*** For Catalog Year 2018-2019 and later

History or Media Studies

  • COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-420 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-467 Comm, Copyright, and Culture
  • COMM-477 History of Photography
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence (if not utilized for requirement below)
  • COMM-569 Executive Suite

Production  

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420 Immersive Filmmaking
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-434 Film & Video Production II
  • COMM-438 Advanced Directing
  • COMM-438 Cinematography and Lighting
  • COMM-438 Creative Sound Techniques
  • COMM-454 Motion Graphics and Effects 
  • COMM-456 Dramatic Production
  • COMM-486 Documentary Production
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-524 Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence (if not utilized for requirement above)
  • COMM-560 Backpack Documentary
  • COMM-568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public TV

Writing

  • COMM-484 Writing the Episodic TV Series

PORTFOLIO BUILDING

ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photography

COMM-331 Film and Video Production I

COMM-434 Film and Video Production II

COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

GDES-320 Visual Concepts and Image Making for Design

*** FOR catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Advanced Skills and Strategies

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-005 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-011 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-469 Digital Communication Analytics and Certifications
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-543 Speechwriting
  • COMM-551 Grassroots Digital Advocacy

Advanced Topics and Specialties

  • COMM-327 The PR Presidency
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-011 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-012 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-420-013 Strategic Communication Management
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-449 International Strategic Communication
  • COMM-457 Strategic Communication in Advertising
  • COMM-473 Reputation Management
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-537 Sports Communication
  • COMM-540 Social Marketing for Social Impact

***For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

PRSC Topics and Skills

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-327 The PR Presidency
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-011 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-013 Strategic Communication Management
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-449 International Strategic Communication
  • COMM-457 Strategic Communication in Advertising
  • COMM-469 Digital Communication Analytics and Certifications
  • COMM-473 Reputation Management
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-537 Sports Communication
  • COMM-540 Social Marketing for Social Impact
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-543 Speechwriting
  • COMM-551 Grassroots Digital Advocacy

Electives

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience
  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-327 The PR Presidency
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-005 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-011 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-012 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-449 International Strategic Communication
  • COMM-457 Strategic Communication in Advertising
  • COMM-469 Digital Communication Analytics and Certifications
  • COMM-473 Reputation Management
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-537 Sports Communication
  • COMM-540 Social Marketing for Social Impact
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-543 Speechwriting
  • COMM-551 Grassroots Digital Advocacy

***for catalog year 2017-2018 and EARLIER

History of the Media Concentration

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-467 Communication, Copyright & Culture
  • COMM-477 History of Photography
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

Media and Society Concentration

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-011 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-012 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-467 Communication, Copyright & Culture
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

Media and the Government Concentration

  • COMM-327 The PR Presidency
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM 391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication

International Media Concentration

  • COMM-391 Communication Career Internship
  • COMM-420-012 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press 
  • COMM-449 International Strategic Communication
  • COMM-490 or COMM-491

 

***for catalog year 2018-2019 and later

Skills

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • COMM-260 Quantitative Methods for Journalists
  • COMM-282 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-004 Investigative Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM-420-005 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420-006 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-011 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-012 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)
  • COMM-540 Social Marketing for Social Impact

Media Studies

  • COMM-209 Communication and Society
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-467 Communication, Copyright & Culture
  • COMM-490 Independent Study

Summer 2020

SKILLS:

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-002 Web Studio
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

MEDIA STUDIES:

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-420-001 Voice and Presentation Skills
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press

*** For Catalog Year 2017-2018 and earlier

FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture

INTERMEDIATE

  • COMM-420-002 Web Studio
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques

ADVANCED

  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship or
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

*** For Catalog Year 2018-2019 and later

HISTORY OR MEDIA STUDIES

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture

PRODUCTION

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience(1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-002 Web Studio
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

advanced Skills and Strategies

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)

advanced Topics and Specialties 

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-420-001 Voice and Presentation Skills
  • COMM-420-002 Web Studio
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication

*For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

topics and skills

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-001 Voice and Presentation Skills
  • COMM-420-002 Web Studio
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation

Electives

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-001 Voice and Presentation Skills
  • COMM-420-002 Web Studio
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

History of the Media

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)

Media and Society

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)

Media and the Government

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)

International Media

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)

*For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

skills

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

media studies

  • COMM-420-003 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press

 

Hours Outside of SOC

Journalism and Public Relations and Strategic Communication majors are required to complete 72 credit hours of course work outside the School of Communication. Anything that does not have the COMM prefix will count.

All SOC majors except Foreign Language and Communication Media majors are required to take one U.S. History course from the following list:

  • HIST-130 History of American Popular Culture
  • HIST-205 American Encounters: 1492-1865 (FA2)
  • HIST-206 U.S. History since 1865
  • HIST-208 African-American History: to 1877
  • HIST-209 African-American History: 1877 to Present
  • HIST-210 Ethnicity in America (FA4)
  • HIST-215 Social Forces That Shaped America (FA2)
  • HIST-219 Women in America to 1850
  • HIST-220 Women in America since 1850 (FA4)
  • HIST-235 West in Crisis, 1900-1945 (FA2)
  • HIST-288 Oliver Stone's America

All Journalism majors are required to take one Economics course. Journalism majors can choose from:

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-110
  • ECON-200

All Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Film and Media Arts, and Communication Studies majors are required to take either one economics course or MKTG-250. Students in these majors can choose from:

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-110
  • ECON-200
  • MKTG-250

For majors in Communication Studies, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, and Public Relations and Strategic Communication, a minor or second major outside the School of Communication is required. Students should discuss with their SOC academic advisor how much room they have in their graduation plan in order to assist in their decision whether to pursue a minor or second major. See the minors offered at AU.

Frequently Asked Questions

12 credit hours of communication courses may be transferred in prior to matriculation at AU and counted toward SOC major requirements, with SOC academic advisor approval. 2 communication courses, worth a total of 6 credit hours, may be taken abroad with prior approval from your SOC academic advisor. Refer to the Transfer Articulation Equivalency page to see if your courses will transfer. 

School of Communication students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in order to enroll in Communication courses at the 300 level or above. 

Students who earn a cumulative grade point average between 2.00 - 2.49 will be placed on academic warning and are required to meet with their academic advisor to develop a plan for raising their cumulative grade point average to a minimum 2.50. If students do not raise their cumulative GPA to a minimum 2.5 after one semester, they will be placed on academic probation and may face eventual academic dismissal. Students have the option of changing their major to one outside the School of Communication. In addition to meeting with their academic advisors and instructors, students should visit the Academic Support and Access Center to utilize academic support services.