American University School of Communication
The School of Communication (SOC) at American University is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The school offers five undergraduate majors: communication studies, journalism, public relations and strategic communication, and foreign language and communication media (jointly administered with the College of Arts and Sciences) along with a minor in communication. In addition, interdisciplinary degrees such as communications, law, economics and government (CLEG, which is housed in the School of Public Affairs), take classes within SOC. SOC offers four graduate programs in film and media arts, public communication, journalism and game design, and a post-graduate program in communication studies. Undergraduates an any major at AU are given the opportunity to complete a combined bachelor's/master's within SOC.
The McKinley Building, where the School of Communication is based
|Established||1893 as Department of Communication. 1984 becomes School of Communication. Independent of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1993|
|Students||1215 (Spring 2019)|
|Undergraduates||872 (Spring 2019)|
|Postgraduates||343 (Spring 2019)|
The School of Communication is headquartered in the McKinley Building, which was built in 1907 and named after President William McKinley. It was completely renovated in 2012 and reopened in 2014. McKinley houses specialized classrooms, multi-purpose learning spaces, computer labs supporting digital imaging, online content creation, motion graphics, multichannel audio, and full HD video editing.
Centers within SOC
- Center for Environmental Filmmaking
- Investigative Reporting Workshop
- Center for Media and Social Impact
- AU Game Lab
- Current Media
- Internet Governance Lab
- Jarrett Bellini, American writer and humorist
- Jim Brady, editor-in-chief, Digital First Media
- Alisyn Camerota, anchor and correspondent, Fox News
- Barry Josephson, president, Josephson Entertainment
- Michael Kempner, president and chief executive officer, The MWW Group
- Rick Leventhal, senior correspondent, Fox News
- Barry Levinson, writer, director, and Producer, Baltimore Pictures
- Giuliana Rancic, host, E! News
- Susan Zirinsky, president, CBS News
- Sanford J. Ungar, former Dean of American University School of Communication and President of Goucher College
- Russell Williams II, American production sound mixer, two-time Academy Awards winner for Best Sound
- Patricia Aufderheide, scholar and public intellectual on media and social change, expert on fair use in media creation and scholarship.
- Chris Palmer (film producer), world-renowned environmental and wildlife producer, director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University.
- Laura DeNardis, American author and globally recognized scholar of Internet governance and technical infrastructure, tenured Professor and Associate Dean at American University School of Communication.
- Charles Lewis, investigative journalist based in D.C., founder of The Center for Public Integrity, and current executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University School of Communication.
- "American University School of Communication Our Story". Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- "SOC Undergraduate Degrees & Programs". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- "SOC Graduate Degrees & Programs". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- "Graduate Application Information". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- "Facilities". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- Arradondo, Briona; Soc/Ma '11. "Journalism". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- Rice, Michael; Soc/Ba '20. "Film & Media Arts". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- MacDonald, Killian; Soc/Ba '17. "Public Communication". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- Aberra, Nesima; Soc/Ma '17. "Communication Studies". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
- "Divisions & Centers". American University. Retrieved 2019-04-02.