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The major worksheets contain university requirements, general education, related course requirements and major requirements as well as important policies that pertain to the SOC majors.  

Communication Courses

Students may select courses from the communication courses list and apply them towards their major. Only courses listed under your major will count towards your major.

Liberal Arts/Hours outside SOC

  • Film and Media Arts majors are required to complete 78 credit hours outside the School of Communication.
  • Journalism, Communication Studies and Public Communication majors are required to complete 80 credit hours of course work outside the School of Communication; 65 of these credit hours must be liberal arts.


Liberal Arts Subjects:

AMST – American Studies
AUAB – Abroad place holder
ANTH – Anthropology
ARTH – Art History
ARTS – Art Studio
ATEC – Audio Technology
BIO – Biology
CHEM – Chemistry
CSC – Computer Science
ECON – Economics
ENVS – Environmental Studies
GDES – Graphic Design
GNED – General Education
GOVT – Government
HIST – History
HNRS – Honors
IDIS – Interdisciplinary Studies
JLS – Justice, Law and Society
JWST – Jewish Studies
LFS – Language and Foreign Studies
ARAB – Arabic
CHIN – Chinese
FREN – French
GERM – German
HEBR – Hebrew
HIND – Hindi
ITAL – Italian
JAPN – Japanese
KOR – Korean
PERS – Persian
PORT – Portuguese
RUSS – Russian
SPAN – Spanish
SWAH – Swahili/Kiswahili
TURK - Turkish

Liberal Arts Subjects Cont:

LIT – Literature
MATH – Mathematics
MUS – Music
PERF – Performing Arts
PHIL – Philosophy
PHYS – Physics
PSYC – Psychology
PUAD – Public Administration
RELG – Religion
SABD – Study Abroad
SIS – International Service
SOCY – Sociology
STAT – Statistics
TESL – TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
WGSS – Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
WSEM – Washington Semester

NOT Liberal Arts Subjects, but count for credit hours outside SOC:

ACCT – Accounting
EDU – Education
FIN – Finance
HFIT – Health and Fitness
IBUS – International Business
ITEC – Information Technology
KSB – Business
MGMT – Management
MKTG – Marketing

SOC Related Course Requirements- U.S. History and Economics 

U.S. History
All SOC majors except Foreign Language and Communication Media majors are required to take one U.S. History course from the following list:

  • HIST-130 History of American Popular Culture
  • HIST-205 American Encounters: 1492-1865 (FA2)
  • HIST-206 U.S. History since 1865
  • HIST-208 African-American History: to 1877
  • HIST-209 African-American History: 1877 to Present
  • HIST-210 Ethnicity in America (FA4)
  • HIST-215 Social Forces That Shaped America (FA2)
  • HIST-219 Women in America to 1850
  • HIST-220 Women in America since 1850 (FA4)
  • HIST-235 West in Crisis, 1900-1945 (FA2)
  • HIST-288 Oliver Stone's America

All Journalism majors are required to take one Economics course. Journalism majors can choose from:

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-110
  • ECON-200

All Public Communication, Film and Media Arts and Communication Studies majors are required to take either one economics course or MKTG-250. Students in these majors can choose from:

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-110
  • ECON-200
  • MKTG-250

Minor or Second Major

For Broadcast Journalism, Communication Studies, Film and Media Arts, Print Journalism and Public Communication, a minor or second major outside the School of Communication is required. Students should discuss with their SOC advisor how much room they have in their four year plan and decide on a minor or second major. See the minors offered at AU

Transferring in Communication courses

  • 12 credit hours of communication courses may be transferred in prior to matriculation at AU with SOC academic advisor approval.
  • Only 2 communication courses may be taken abroad with prior approval from your SOC academic advisor.

*Academic Alert

School of Communication students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in order to enroll in Communication courses at the 300 level or above. Students who earn a cumulative grade point average between 2.00 - 2.49 will be placed on academic alert and required to meet with their academic advisor to develop a plan for raising their cumulative grade point average to a minimum 2.50. If students do not raise their cumulative GPA to a minimum 2.5, students should consider declaring a different major. In addition to meeting with their academic advisors and instructors, students will want to visit the Academic Support Center to utilize these academic student services.