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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 2021

*For catalog year 2017-2018 or earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For catalog year 2018-2019 or 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-416-001 Topics in Film and Media Arts: The Radical Image
  • COMM-418 Data-Driven Journalism
  • COMM-420-001 Designing Immersive Experiences
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)

Media Studies

  • COMM-209 Communication and Society
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-420-003 Guarding the Watchdog: Investigative Journalists and The Law
  • COMM-420-005 Battleground Virginia: A Comprehensive Look at Statewide Campaigns
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-490 Independent Study

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

Media Studies

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shaped History
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-413 Producing Film and Video
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-420-003 Guarding the Watchdog: Investigative Journalists and The Law
  • COMM-420-005 Battleground Virginia: A Comprehensive Look at Statewide Campaigns
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

* For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

* For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

HISTORY OR MEDIA STUDIES

  • COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture
  • COMM-396 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-412 Social Documentary
  • COMM-414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts: The Radical Image
  • COMM-420 Guarding the Watchdog: Investigative Journalists & the Law

PRODUCTION    

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420 Designing Immersive Experiences
  • COMM-434 Film & Video Production II
  • COMM-435 Television Studio Production
  • COMM-455 Motion Compositing
  • 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-568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television

WRITING

  • COMM-466 Writing the Feature Film

*For Catalog Year 2019-2020 and earlier

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 Investigative Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM-420 Battleground Virginia (if not used to fulfill requirement below)
  • COMM-426 Sports Writing and Reporting
  • 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-359 Decisive Moments in Communication
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-396 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-420 Reporting on Immigration
  • COMM-420 Guarding the Watchdog: Investigations and the Law
  • COMM-420 Battleground Virginia (if not used to fulfill requirement above)
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

*For Catalog Year 2020-2021 and later

MEDIA STUDIES ELECTIVES

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Communication
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-396 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-420 Reporting on Immigration
  • 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-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-359 Decisive Moments in Communication
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-385 Digital Audio and Podcast Production
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-418 Data-Driven Journalism
  • COMM-420 Guarding the Watchdog: Investigative Journalists and The Law
  • COMM-420 Investigative Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM-420 Battleground Virginia
  • COMM-425 Advanced Reporting
  • COMM-426 Sports Writing and Reporting
  • COMM-432 Backpack Video Journalism
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-521 Opinion Writing

*For Catalog Year 2019-2020

HISTORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES

  • ARTH-210 How Art Became Modern

  • COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts: The Radical Image (if not utilized to fulfill requirement below)

INTERMEDIATE

*if not taken to fulfill another requirement

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

PORTFOLIO BUILDING

  • ARTS-464 Printmaking Studio: Screenprint
  • COMM-331 Film and Video Production I
  • COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts: The Radical Image (if not utilized to fulfill requirement above)
  • COMM-434 Film and Video Production II
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

*For Catalog Year 2020-2021 and later

HISTORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES

  • ARTH-210 How Art Became Modern
  • COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts: The Radical Image (if not utilized to fulfill requirement below)

INTERMEDIATE

*if not taken to fulfill another requirement

  • ARTS-205 The Artist’s Perspective: Drawing
  • ARTS-235 The Artist’s Perspective: Video Art
  • ARTS-245 The Artist’s Perspective: Digital Photography
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography
  • COMM-476 Photojournalism and Social Documentary
  • COMM-479 Fine Art Photography

PORTFOLIO BUILDING

  • ARTS-464 Printmaking Studio: Screenprint
  • COMM-331 Film and Video Production I
  • COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts: The Radical Image (if not utilized to fulfill requirement above)
  • COMM-434 Film and Video Production II
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For catalog year 2018-2019 or later

Topics and Skills

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-327 The PR Presidency
  • COMM-387 Strat Comm and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-005 Battleground Virginia: A Comprehensive Look at Statewide Campaigns
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-573 Visual Design in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-580 Strategic Health Communication

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-387 Strat Comm and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-005 Battleground Virginia: A Comprehensive Look at Statewide Campaigns
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-521 Opinion Writing
  • COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-542 Media Relations
  • COMM-573 Visual Design in Strategic Communication
  • COMM-580 Strategic Health Communication

Spring 2022

*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 Freelance and Contracts: Be Your Own Boss (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Media Leadership Seminar (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Covering Danger, Handling Trauma (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 The Data of Divides
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques (if not utilized for requirement below)
  • COMM-432 Backpack Video Journalism
  • COMM-487 Advanced Broadcast Production
  • 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-396 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques (if not utilized for above requirement)
  • COMM-420 The American 1990s
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-490 Independent Study
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

*For Catalog Year 2020-2021 and later

Media Studies Electives

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-326 Sports Journalism
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-396 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-417 The Fundamentals of News Design
  • COMM-420 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-420 The American 1990s
  • 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 Freelance and Contracts: Be Your Own Boss (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Media Leadership Seminar (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Covering Danger, Handling Trauma (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-425 Advanced Reporting
  • COMM-432 Backpack Video Journalism
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-487 Advanced Broadcast Production
  • 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 2018-2019 and later

History or Media Studies

  • COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture
  • COMM-396 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420 Advanced Writing for Film and TV (if not utilized for requirement below)
  • COMM-420 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-477 History of Photography
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence (if not utilized for requirement below)
  • COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema

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-420 Freelance and Contracts: Be Your Own Boss (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Media Leadership Seminar (1 credit)
  • COMM-420 Covering Danger, Handling Trauma (1 credit)
  • COMM-434 Film & Video Production II
  • COMM-438 Advanced Directing
  • COMM-438 Cinematography and Lighting
  • 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-528 Community Documentary
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence (if not utilized for requirement above)
  • COMM-560 Backpack Documentary

Writing

  • COMM-483 Writing the Documentary Film
  • COMM-420 Advanced Writing for Film/TV (if not utilized for requirement above)

*For Catalog Year 2019-2020

HISTORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES

  • ARTH-210 How Art Became Modern
  • COMM-477 History of Photography

INTERMEDIATE

  • ARTS-205 The Artist’s Perspective: Drawing
  • ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photography (if not taken to meet requirement below)

PORTFOLIO BUILDING

  • ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photography (if not taken to meet requirement above)

  • 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 2020-2021 and later

HISTORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES

  • ARTH-210 How Art Became Modern
  • COMM-477 History of Photography

INTERMEDIATE (if not taken to fulfill another requirement)

  • ARTS-205 The Artist’s Perspective: Drawing
  • ARTS-235 The Artist’s Perspective: Video Art
  • ARTS-245 The Artist’s Perspective: Digital Photography
  • ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photo
  • COMM-330 Principles of Photography

PORTFOLIO BUILDING (if not taken to fulfill another requirement)

  • ARTS-470 Expanded Media Studio: Video and Photo

  • 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

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For Catalog year 2018-2019 and later

Topics and Skills

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-327 The PR Presidency
  • COMM-387 Strategic Communication and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-002 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-003 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-005 The American 1990s
  • COMM-420-007 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420-009 Strategic Communication Leadership and 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
  • COMM-580 Strategic Health Communication

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-387 Strategic Communication and Event Management
  • COMM-388 Collaboration and Team Communication
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-002 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-003 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-005 The American 1990s
  • COMM-420/620-007 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420-009 Strategic Communication Leadership and 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 Strategic Communication and Content Creation
  • 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
  • COMM-580 Strategic Health Communication

 

*For Catalog Year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*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-420-003 Telling Stories with Data
  • COMM-420-004 Taming Big Data
  • COMM-420-007 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-447 Multicultural Strategic Communication Campaigns
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3 credits)
  • COMM-540 Social Marketing for Social Impact

Media Studies

  • COMM-209 Communication and Society

  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation

  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420-002 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-005 The American 1990s
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-468 Musical Cultures and Industries
  • COMM-490 Independent Study

*For Catalog Years 2017-2018 and before

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For Catalog year 2018-2019 and after

Media Studies

  • COMM-270 How the News Media Shape History
  • COMM-396-001 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM-401 Communication Law
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420-002 The Sixties in America
  • COMM-420-005 The American 1990s
  • COMM-468 Musical Cultures and Industries
  • COMM-477 History of Photography
  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media
  • COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema

Summer 2021

*For Catalog Year 2019-2020 and earlier

SKILLS

  • COMM-291 Communication Field Experience (1 credit)
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-003 Web Studio
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

MEDIA STUDIES

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-420-002 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-420 Climate Change and the Media
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press

*For Catalog Year 2020-2021

MEDIA ELECTIVES

*if not taken to fulfill another requirement

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-420 Climate Change and the Media
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVES

*if not taken to fulfill another requirement

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-391 Communication Careers Internship (2 credits)
  • COMM-420-002 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420-003 Web Studio
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship

*For Catalog Year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For Catalog Year 2018-2019 and later

HISTORY OR MEDIA STUDIES

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-420 Climate Change and the Media

PRODUCTION

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

 

*For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

Topics and Skills

  • COMM-310 Public Speaking
  • COMM-408 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-002 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-420-003 Web Studio
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • 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-420-002 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-420-003 Web Studio
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-485 Strat Comm and Content Creation

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

 

*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-420-002 Podcasting Tools and Techniques
  • COMM-420-005 Climate Change and the Media
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-443 Foreign Policy and the Press

*For catalog year 2017-2018 and earlier

Please contact your advisor for course options.

*For catalog year 2018-2019 and later

Media Studies

COMM-420-005 Climate Change and the Media

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.