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Clubs and organizations like SOC student ambassadors (left) may be the perfect way for you to meet other communications students, and get hands-on experience.

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SOC Student Organizations

SOC Ambassadors (Undergraduate)

The SOC Ambassadors are a select group of current undergraduate students in the School of Communication who share their experiences with prospective students, serve as mentors to new students in SOC, and work toward building community for current undergraduate students for the purpose of creating an unsurpassed undergraduate education and experience. Learn more

The application process for the SOC Ambassador team takes place each fall semester. Visit the link above for more details.

Undergraduate Communication Association (UCA)

The Undergraduate Communication Association (UCA) is a student government organization dedicated to representing the undergraduate School of Communication student body by fostering a greater sense of community through academic and professional policy, programming and service. All SOC students are welcome to participate. Learn more

SOC Graduate Student Council

The School of Communication Graduate Student Council is the board for graduate students who attend the School of Communication to plan future events and discuss ideas for their fellow colleagues. The Council is responsible for promoting and hosting events that highlight work in all aspects of communication studies including journalism, film & media arts and public relations. In addition to these events, the Council also plans group outings that promote cross pollination of all the majors within the SOC as well as opportunities to network with successful alumni. Learn more

Kappa Tau Alpha 

Kappa Tau Alpha is the national honor society that recognizes and encourages high academic achievement in the study of journalism and mass communication. KTA was founded in 1910 at the University of Missouri and counts more than 90 chapters across the United States. AU's chapter of KTA dates to 1966. SOC Professor W. Joseph Campbell is adviser of the AU chapter. He also serves as KTA national president. His term runs 2010-2012.  

KTA membership at AU is earned by demonstrated excellence in the study of Journalism or Communication Studies. Candidates for membership typically are juniors and seniors who rank in the top reaches of their respective classes. Candidates must have completed at least nine semester hours of professional courses in the major. Learn more

AU Student Organizations Related to SOC Fields of Study

American Literary Magazine (AmLit)

American Literary, commonly known as AmLit, is the American University literary magazine. AmLit is a student-run organization and a member of Student Media. The magazine is published twice per year at the end of fall and spring semesters. AmLit is comprised of poetry, short stories, photos and art submitted by the campus community. Learn more

American Way of Life Magazine (AWOL) 

AWOL is a progressive magazine run by American University students. AWOL exists to ignite campus discussion of social, cultural, and political issues, and serve as an outpost for students to explore solutions to local and global problems. AWOL staff hope to build bridges between American University and the world around it, ultimately making our campus more inquiring, egalitarian and socially engaged. Learn more

American Word Magazine (AmWord) 

AmWord is a news publication magazine that fosters a greater common understanding in the American University community and that provides staff and members with a valuable learning experience in both print and online. Learn more

ATV (American Television)

ATV is the student-run television station at AU. They produce nearly a dozen original television programs ranging from coverage of campus and local news, talk shows, comedy and entertainment. All programs are hosted, produced, edited, and managed by students. Students are also responsible for the management of the station, its studios and its technical equipment. ATV’s programming airs 24 hours a day on campus channels 2 and 15, and also via an online live stream on their website. They also publish shows as video podcasts listed on iTunes, and publish highlights from shows as clips on YouTube. Learn more

AU Association of Black Journalists (AABJ)

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. AABJ is a chapter created at American University in the spring of 2014. Learn more

Catalyst 

Catalyst, American University's science magazine, is designed to inform you about scientific research and results that affect us all. Catalyst is written by students, features many student projects, and aims to spark the scientific imagination of the AU community. Learn more

Design Club

American University Design Club is committed to spreading awareness about the design community at American University and in Washington, D.C. by organizing and participating in events as well as creating design projects. The club seeks to enrich the quality of its members work through group critique to help make its members more marketable designers. Learn more

The Eagle (newspaper)

The Eagle is the officially recognized student newspaper of AU, in circulation since 1925. The Eagle's purpose is to inform and to educate the American University community maintaining a consistent, relevant, quality flow of news about the University and the surrounding community, as well as other news of interest. The newspaper publishes news and features online daily. Learn more

Film Architects

The Film Architects look to provide aspiring film-makers and those interested in the film-making process with the opportunity to create and showcase cinema projects ranging from simplistic to extensive. They provide an open forum and support group that allows ambitious young film artists to collaborate and exchange advice both technically and creatively. Learn more

Her Campus AU

Her Campus is an online magazine for college women, individualizing its content college-by-college by establishing My Campus branches at schools across the country. With national content on Style, Beauty, Health, Love, Life, and Career, supplemented by campus-specific content produced by teams of students at 200+ colleges across the country, Her Campus serves as a hub for everything college women need to know about today. Learn more

Photo Collective (Department within The Talon Yearbook)

American University's Photo Collective is a collaborative community and inspiring environment for student photographers, filmmakers, and visual artists. The Photo Collective offers critiques, workshops, photo excursions, and also brings in guest speakers to teach student photographers more about the photo world. They accept all student submissions, and all are welcome to participate in the Photo Collective. Learn more

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

PRSSA is designed to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. It aims to foster an understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession, appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles, awareness of an appropriate professional attitude and appreciation of Associate Membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership. Learn more

REACT to FILM AU 

REACT to FILM is a non-profit organization that showcases the best documentary films to activate young people around critical social issues. REACT to FILM launched its national College Action Network in 2011 to expose, engage and inspire young people around critical social issues. Learn more

Social Media Club

The American University Social Media Club's mission is to create a network of social media users, to advance media literacy, encourage ethical behavior online, learn from media professionals, share the lessons they have learned, and advocate for revolutionary new teaching methods utilizing social media and new technologies within American University. Learn more

Student Media Board

The American University Student Media Board is an independent student organization, funded by the student body, established for the purposes of overseeing and coordinating the operations of the recognized student media organizations on campus, and promoting the successful development and growth of student media at American University. Learn more

The Talon Yearbook 

The Talon is an undergraduate student run publication.  It is a book that recounts the history of a specific year.  Since the printing of the first issue in 1927, the staff of The Talon has worked to include in its pages every aspect of the American University campus as well as of our nation and our world. Learn more

WVAU (radio)

WVAU is American University’s student radio station. We broadcast online 24/7 from the Mary Graydon Center in Washington, D.C. Our live programming covers the best in indie, hip-hop, electronica, experimental, jazz, folk, world music, and more. With a staff of more than 80 DJs and volunteers, we offer a unique musical perspective that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Every semester, WVAU brings in local and touring artists for interviews, in-studio performances, and free shows. We also host monthly open mic nights to showcase AU’s talented students and faculty. All of our events are free and open to the public. Learn more