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Major/Minor Requirement Worksheets

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.  

Academic Catalog Year: Definition

An enrolled student's academic catalog year is defined by the academic year in which the student first enrolls at American University. It aligns with the program requirements published in that year's University Catalog. The academic catalog year remains the same during the student's continuous enrollment at AU, and is only changed under specific circumstances within the span of that continuous enrollment.

Students who separate from the university must apply for readmission in order to return to AU to complete their studies. The readmission term determines the new academic catalog year and replaces the original catalog year for that student. The student is subject to the requirements printed in the University Catalog of the academic year when they return.

The University reserves the right to revise the program requirements and to correct errors in the University Catalog at any time.

Communication Courses (Listed by Semester/Term)

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.

Hours outside SOC

  • Journalism and Public Relations and Strategic Communication majors are required to complete 72 credit hours of course work outside the School of Communication. Anything that does not have the COMM prefix will count.


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 Relations and Strategic 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 majors in Communication Studies, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, and Public Relations and Strategic Communication, a minor or second major outside the School of Communication is required. Students should discuss with their SOC academic advisor how much room they have in their graduation plan in order to assist in their decision whether to pursue 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 and counted toward SOC major requirements, with SOC academic advisor approval.
  • 2 communication courses, worth a total of 6 credit hours, may be taken abroad with prior approval from your SOC academic advisor.

Academic Warning

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 warning and are 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 after one semester, they will be placed on academic probation and may face eventual academic dismissal. Students have the option of changing their major to one outside the School of Communication. In addition to meeting with their academic advisors and instructors, students should visit the Academic Support and Access Center to utilize academic support services.