Major Requirements

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These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Communication Core Requirements: 20 semester hours
All media studies majors are required to complete the following courses:
COM1550 Professional Communication (4)
COM2150 Human Relationships and Interactions (4)
COM2200 Writing for Communication (4)
COM2850 Visual Communication (4)
COM3200 Persuasion and Consumer Culture (4)

Media Studies Electives*: 12 semester hours
Students must complete at least three (3) of the following electives:
COM2300 The Art of Film (4)
COM3140 Multimedia Journalism (4)
COM3250 Digital Design (4)
COM3310 Media Criticism (4)
COM3350 Interactive Media (4)
COM3410 Survey of European Film (4)
COM3420 Survey of Non-Western Film (4)
COM3700 Broadcast Media Production (4)
COM3710 Screenwriting and Cinema Production (4)
COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (4)
COM4940 Communication Internship (4)

*Note: Students double majoring in communication and media studies cannot use the same three electives to meet the requirements of both majors. In this case of double majoring, the student is required to have six electives, three unique to each major.

Media Studies Senior Experience: 8 semester hours
Students must complete the following courses, constituting the Media Studies
Senior Experience:
COM4992 Communication Project Planning (2)
COM4994 Communication Project Implementation (2)
COM4996 Media Production Seminar (2)
COM4998 Media Production Management (2)