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American School of Communications


American School of Communications
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8017


The American School of Communications (SOC), operating under American University in Washington, D.C. offers full-time, four-year undergraduate degree programs and full or part-time graduate degree programs in journalism, public communications and film and media arts. SOC places an emphasis on professional skills as well as building a solid foundation in writing, critical thinking, ethics and media studies. For more than 30 years, the SOC has bought together journalism, film and public relations with a focus on international perspectives and the influence of new and social media.

The American School of Communications' journalism and public communication programs gained accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication while the school's film and media arts program is a member of CILECT, the international association of film and television schools of which only 13 schools in the US are members. Undergraduates are required to take the majority of their coursework outside the School of Communication so all undergraduate have a double-major or minor in a field outside of communications.

As a division of American University, SOC students can take part in the more than 180 clubs and organzations, greek life, community service/volunteer oppportunites and view on-campus performances, films, speaks, bands, and comedians. The University offers more than 100 study-abroad programs in 33 countries, an honors program, career centers, and university athletics. Almost one-third of SOC students study abroad as well as participating in the many mentoring and interning programs offered.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 850 undergraduates and 300 graduate students are enrolled at the American School of Communications..

  • Classes average 20 students with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning through work in state-of-the-art labs, demanding internships and class assignments that use the nation's capitol as a teaching resource in itself.

  • Alumni include Susan Zirinsky, Executive Producer of CBS News 48 Hours Investigates; David Drobis, Chairman Emeritus of Ketchum Worldwide; Barry Levinson, director of Rain Man and Wag the Dog; and Nancy Myers, director of Something's Gotta Give and What Women Want.

  • Faculty teach all of the School of Communications course. While some courses are assigned teaching assistants, they are never responsible for classroom instruction.

  • The University's mascot is Clawed, the eagle


  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.

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