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BA in Journalism

SOC journalism students report from outside the White House

BA in Journalism

Degree and Course Requirements | Financing | Info for Prospective Students

Our program

American University’s School of Communication has trained highly regarded journalists since 1929. Our students regularly report on Capitol Hill, the D.C. government, the federal agencies, as well as policymakers for the nation and the world. 

There is no better place to learn how to report the news than in the nation’s capital, where news is made every minute of every day.

Journalism students are routinely offered internships at major national and international news outlets including The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, NBC4, and National Public Radio, gaining valuable experience and often earning bylines and clips while building impressive portfolios.

Our faculty includes richly experienced former and current correspondents and editors from the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, Fox News, and CBS-- all media organizations where our alumni are now working.

The School of Communication has its own media innovation lab, featuring AVID editing systems and some of the most advanced video, audio and film equipment. Students learn the responsibilities and skills to work as professionals behind and in front of the camera. 

The School also prepares students by requiring courses in various forms of writing, advanced reporting, digital skills, journalism ethics, and communication law. Our Journalism majors graduate with strong writing and reporting skills and an impressive multimedia portfolio.

Admission to the Program

Students apply to American University, upon admission, they may choose any major offered by AU. 

For current students, formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Students should declare their major by the end of the sophomore year.

Students who are unable to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and declare a major in communication are not allowed to take courses in the school after they have completed 60 hours of undergraduate credit.

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* For students who entered the program prior to 2016-2017 catalog year, please consult your catalog year