Shira Stein, SOC/BA '18
"My experience in the Dean's Internship program is the reason I was able to cover Capitol Hill at 20 years old, intern at The Washington Post for two semesters and have a job in my chosen field before graduating. I learned how to be a journalist in my SOC classes, but I had the ability to try out those skills I learned because of the Dean's Internship program. The program allowed me to be a professional journalist, with all of its trials, failures and successes, before I finished my education."
Both our bachelor's and master's degrees are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). We are the only accredited journalism program in Washington, DC. Accreditation is an important mark of external validation. It means our programs have been vetted by industry influences, including scholars and professionals. Practitioners who hire our students know they have a firm grounding in the field.
The School of Communication offers a distinct advantage over comparable institutions in the wide variety of experiential learning opportunities offered to students. Internships are a way of life here. Undergraduate and graduate students can 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. As of Fall 2016, the bachelor of arts in Journalism now includes both print and broadcast journalism. However, you can focus your degree depending on your interests. Students who began their studies prior to Fall 2016 and are pursuing either a BA in print journalism or broadcast journalism can continue to do so, but no new students are being accepted into these separate programs.
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. You can change your mind after you apply. Because it's so 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.