Shannon Scovel, SOC/BA ’17
I was curious to know how athletes like me are covered in the media.
Shannon Scovel has been interested in sports media since she started writing for her high school newspaper, but her passion for analyzing the coverage of women in sports truly developed at AU. Her professors inspired her to combine her interest in sports, media, and culture with her own experiences as a female athlete. She focused her capstone project on women in sports media and how coverage of female athletes has changed over time. She's excited to build on her research as a Fulbright Scholar in the coming year.
Both our bachelor's and master's degrees are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). We are the only accredited journalism program in Washington, DC. Accreditation is an important mark of external validation. It means our programs have been vetted by industry influences, including scholars and professionals. Practitioners who hire our students know they have a firm grounding in the field.
The School of Communication offers a distinct advantage over comparable institutions in the wide variety of experiential learning opportunities offered to students. Internships are a way of life here. Undergraduate and graduate students can receive course credit for one internship, but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.
We have an active and effective alumni mentoring program that will help you bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world. Through our Dean's Internships, we work with world-class partners to connect select, highly-qualified students with meaningful real-world assignments that create future pathways to jobs. And we have two full-time career advisors to help you land internships and plan your career.
No. As of Fall 2016, the bachelor of arts in Journalism now includes both print and broadcast journalism. However, you can focus your degree depending on your interests. Students who began their studies prior to Fall 2016 and are pursuing either a BA in print journalism or broadcast journalism can continue to do so, but no new students are being accepted into these separate programs.
No, you'll apply to American University as a whole. You'll be able to indicate your intended major on your application, but your admission decision will not be affected by the major you indicate. You can change your mind after you apply. Because it's so easy to change your major, however, we highly recommend that you indicate a major within the School of Communication, even if you're not 100% certain. That way you'll be acclimated to our community right away.