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B.A. in Public Communication

B.A. in Public Communication

American University

American University, Washington D.C., United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 39 credit hours with grades of C or better within the School of Communication including core, professional, internship, independent study, and independent reading courses. Related course requirements taken outside the School of Communication with grades of C or better A minimum of 81 credit hours outside the field of communication, including at least 65 credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences, are required for the major. With approval of the student's advisor, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied toward the communication major requirements. Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Subject to the approval of an advisor, a maximum of 12 credit hours in communication transferred from another university may be substituted for required communication courses. Transfer students majoring in public communication are required to graduate with a total of 84 credit hours outside the field of communication. RELATED COURSE REQUIREMENT Students must complete the following with grades of C or better: 3 credit hours in American history (HIST-xxx) 3 credit hours in economics (ECON-xxx) or MKTG-250 Fundamentals of Business and Marketing for Communications (3) A minor or second major outside the School of Communication COMMUNICATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS (39 CREDIT HOURS) Core Courses (9 credit hours) COMM-100 Understanding Media 4:1 FA4 (3) COMM-200 Writing for Communication (3) COMM-209 Communication and Society (3) Professional Courses (30 credit hours) COMM-301 Public Relations (Must be completed with B or better) (3) COMM-337 Public Relations Writing (3) COMM-346 Public Relations Case Studies (3) COMM-380 Public Communication Research (3) COMM-437 Public Relations Portfolio (3) 15 credit hours from the following, with no more than 9 credit hours from any one cluster: Skills COMM-105 Visual Literacy FA1 (3) COMM-310 Public Speaking (3) COMM-330 Principles of Photography (3) COMM-352 Web Studio (3) COMM-521 Opinion Writing (3) COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media: Magazine Writing (3) COMM-552 Social Media Strategies & Tactics (3) COMM-573 Visual Strategies in Public Relations Human Communication COMM-300 Interpersonal Communication (3) COMM-470 Organizational Communication (3) Media Studies COMM-327 The PR Presidency (3) COMM-365 Digital Media & Culture (3) COMM-401 Communication Law (3) COMM-509 Politics and the Media (3) COMM-514 Censorship and Media (3) COMM-515 Children, Youth & Digital Culture (3) COMM-533 Ethics in Strategic Communication (3) COMM-534 Race & Gender in Communication & Media (3) The Practice of Public Relations COMM-531 Political Communication (3) COMM-536 Entertainment Communication (3) COMM-537 Sports Communication (3) COMM-539 International Public Relations (3) COMM-580 Strategic Health Communication (3) Experiential Education A maximum of 3 credit hours from: COMM-391 Internship (3) COMM-392 Cooperative Education Field Experience (3) COMM-491 Senior Professional Internship (3)