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Reshaping Society, Fostering Innovation

Media at the crossroads of society, politics, culture, and history. At the AU School of Communication, that's what Communication Studies is all about.

Our interdisciplinary programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels are for students seeking deeper understanding of the field of communication and its disciplines.

In brief, our undergraduate program in Communication Studies is a liberal arts-oriented major for the big ideas that unify our sister programs in journalism, public communication, and film & media arts. Our Global Media master's program, a partnership between the School of Communication and the School of International Service, provides a combination of communication theory, media production skills, and academic research techniques to equip you for professional leadership positions in global communication. Our PhD in Communication Studies is an accelerated program designed around the intersection of media, technology, and democracy.

All give you access to the intellectual powerhouse of our faculty, and open the door to opportunities only available in our nation's capital. You'll have the opportunity to deeply analyze some of the world's leading communication campaigns and concepts as they emerge. We are proud of our faculty, who are real-world professionals at the top of their fields and who value mentoring students as much as they value excellence in the classroom.

The growth of new technologies and media approaches had dramatically altered the way we communicate, creating extraordinary challenges and opportunities for communication professionals and scholars alike. Our programs in Communication Studies give you the tools and strategies to successfully navigate today's constantly shifting media landscape, meet those challenges, and make the most of opportunities hidden around the next corner.

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PhD Student Uses Communication Skills for Public Good

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A Passion for Storytelling

There are a lot more opportunities out there to create something that matters.

Nesima Aberra loves storytelling, but believes we need to expand where and how stories are told and who tells them. At AU, she explored how media shapes the way we understand our world through innovative, thoughtful, and relevant stories. Through her Dean's Internship at VOX, she's learned how to find compelling human interest angles in more complex news events. Now she's more excited than ever to use literary journalism to change the way people think and feel and help make our society more informed and empowered.

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PhD in Communication

Research how communication and technology influence civil society. An accelerated program for professional researchers and future academics.

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MA in Media, Technology, and Democracy

Examine complex social problems, analyze emerging trends in media and technology, and develop and evaluate policy.

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BA in Communication Studies

This interdisciplinary degree combines fundamental skills in communication with grounding in scholarly research. 

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