McKinnon de Kuyper, SOC/BA '16
SOC taught me: Attribute your sources. Diversify your media. Get off campus.
McKinnon de Kuyper was selected as our first Scripps Howard Foundation scholar. The generous grant gave her the opportunity for a Dean's Internship at Interface Media Group. She journeyed through operations, audio, graphics, editing, production, sales, digital media, facilities, and studio, absorbing as much knowledge as she could hold and soaking up the creativity "IMG-ers" brought to their work. Through her internship, she's been able to broaden her professional skills in multimedia and digital communication and she now works as a producer for Bloomberg.
The course requirements and degree are exactly the same. The only difference is what your home school will be. You will work with the advisors and ultimately receive your diploma from the school you enroll in.
Absolutely! The School of Communication helps you get your advanced degree faster than ever. You may apply for admission to our combined bachelor of arts/master of arts program during the second semester of your junior year (after completing 75 credits, but before you have completed 90 credits. Students in any undergraduate major at AU are eligible for consideration. An undergraduate degree in communication is not required.
The School of Communication has a distinct advantage among comparable institutions for the myriad of experiential learning opportunities offered to students cam receive course credit for one internship, but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.
We have an active and effective alumni mentoring program that will help you bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world. Through our Dean's Internships, we work with world-class partners to connect select, highly-qualified students with meaningful real-world assignments that create future pathways to jobs. And we have two full-time career advisors to help you land internships and plan your career.
No, you’ll apply to American University as a whole. You’ll be able to indicate your intended major on your application, but your admission decision will not be affected by the major you indicate. For the Foreign Language and Communication Media major, you can choose to be admitted either to the School of Communication or to the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences. Because it’s easy to change your major, however, we highly recommend that you indicate a major within the School of Communication, even if you’re not 100% certain. That way you’ll be acclimated to our community right away.