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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.
COMM-420: Investigative Broadcast Journalism
COMM-426: Sports Writing and Reporting
COMM-420: Reporting on Immigration
COMM-420-007: Designing Health Games
COMM-420-008: Immersive Filmmaking
COMM-420-009: Environmental Science and Filmmaking
COMM-438-001: Creative Sound Techniques
COMM-438-002: Cinematography & Lighting
COMM-438-004: Craft of Preproduction & Crewing (1 credit)
COMM-365: Digital Media Culture
COMM-491: Senior Professional Internship
Skills and Strategies
History of the Media
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:
All Journalism majors are required to take one Economics course. Journalism majors can choose from:
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:
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.
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.