BA in Communication, BA in Journalism, BA in Media Studies, BA in Public Relations

Our Department is home to four majors, including communication, journalism, mass communication, and public relations. In addition to an excellent master's program, our bachelor's programs in journalism and public relations are fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The department offers one minor in Communication.

Undergraduate degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication,
    Dr. David Sutton,Associate Director, email: suttoda@auburn.edu
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism
    Associate Director Professor Judy Sheppard, email: sheppje@auburn.edu
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Relations
    Dr. Lauren Smith, Associate Director, email: lms0021@auburn.edu
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Media Studies
    Dr. George Plasketes, Associate Director, email: plaskgm@auburn.edu

Jennifer Wood Adams, Ph.D.
Director
School of Communication and Journalism
Tichenor Hall 232
Auburn University, AL 36849
O: (334) 844-2751
@jenniferadamsAU

Careers in Communication and Journalism

Students in our programs graduate fully prepared to take positions in newspapers and broadcast news organizations, speech writing, public relations firms, corporate communication departments, including internal and external relations, television and radio studios, independent television, radio and film production companies, Internet communication, and other communication related fields. Students are also prepared for graduate study in communication, journalism and mass communication. Students who complete our master's program increase their qualifications in all these fields and are poised to enter doctoral programs in communication, journalism and mass communication

Business and Industry:

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Manager
  • Association Administrator
  • Bank Officer
  • Claims Adjuster/Examiner
  • Corporate Communications Director
  • Credit Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Events Planner
  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Hospitality Manger
  • Hotel Manager
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Industrial & Labor Relations Specialist
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Management Analyst
  • Manager/Administrator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Personnel Specialist
  • Presenter
  • Print Production Coordinator
  • Promotions Manager Consumer Affairs Specialist
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker
  • Recreation/Attractions Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Research Worker
  • Sales Representative
  • Stockbroker
  • Service Representative
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Telemarketing Specialist
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Travel Agent
 

Curriculum Guides

  • Curriculum in Communication

    Students must apply for admission to the COMM major. All applicants must have completed 30 hours of course work (including the university core or its equivalents), COMM 1000 with a B or better and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, ENGL 1120, and Social Science Group 1. See the School Director or the associate director for Communication for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University’s COMM major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in the AU Program.

    Freshman
    FallHoursSpringHours
    ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
    Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
    Core History3Core Social Science3
    COMM 1000 Public Speaking13Core Mathematics3
    Core Social Science3Elective3
     16 16
    Sophomore
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Core Literature3Core History to complete sequence3
    Core Science I4Core Science II4
    Core Humanities23Core Fine Arts3
    CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3Course from Group 133
    Elective2Course for Supporting Area43
     15 16
    Junior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    COMM 3500 Foundations of Human Communication3COMM 3600 Foundations of Rhetoric and Social Influence3
    Courses from Group 236Courses from Group 236
    Course for Supporting Area43Course for Supporting Area43
    Elective3Elective3
     15 15
    Senior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Courses from Group 336Courses from Group 336
    Course from Group 433COMM 4920 Internship53-6
    Course for Supporting Area43Coiurse for Supporting Area43
    COMM Elective3UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
     15 12-15
    Total Hours: 120-123
    1

    COMM 1000 fullfills SLO 7.

    2

    If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

    3

    Students must see their advisers for approved course listings for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4.

    4

    Students must see their advisers for approved Supporting Area courses.

    5

    The internship may be taken part time for 3 credit hours or full time for 6 credit hours.


  • Curriculum Guide for BA in Journalism

    Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major. All applicants must have completed 30 hours of course work (including the university core or its equivalents), JRNL 1100 with a B or better and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, and Core Social Science. See the School director or the associate director for journalism for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University’s Journalism major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in Auburn's program.

    Freshman
    FallHoursSpringHours
    ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
    Core History13Core Social Science3
    Core Social Science3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
    Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Fine Arts3
    Core Math3JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals3
     16 16
    Sophomore
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 13
    Core Science I4Core Science II4
    Core Humanities33Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
    JRNL 2210 Newswriting3Elective22
    CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3JRNL 2310 Reporting3
     16 15
    Junior
    FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
    Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 359Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 359JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship3
    Electives26Electives26 
     15 15 3
    Senior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation3Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 459
    Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 453Electives23
    Electives26UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
     12 12
    Total Hours: 120
    1

    Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

    2

    Electives must be selected from courses outside the School of Communication and Journalism. Students must see their advisers for appropriate courses.

    3

    If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

    4

    JRNL 2310 fulfills SLO 7.

    5

    Students must meet with their advisers to determine approved courses for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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  • Curriculum Guide for BA in Public Relations

    Students must apply for admission to the PRCM major. All applicants must have completed 30 hours of course work (including the university core or its equivalents), JRNL 1100 with a B or better, and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in , ENGL 1120, and Core Social Science. See the School director or the associate director for Public Relations for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University’s PRCM major are required to take a minimum of 21 hours in the AU program.

    Freshman
    FallHoursSpringHours
    ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
    Core History3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
    Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Social Science3
    Core Mathematics3Core Humanities23
    COMM 1000 Public Speaking13Elective3
     16 16
    Sophomore
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Core Literature3Core History to complete sequence3
    Core Science I4Core Science II4
    JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals3Core Fine Arts3
    CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
    Elective 3JRNL 2210 Newswriting3
     16 16
    Junior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    PRCM 3040 Foundations of Public Relations3PRCM 3050 Case Studies and Ethics in Public Relations33
    Course from Group 143Course from Group 243
    Supporting Course Work53Course from Group 343
    Electives6Supporting Course Work53
     Elective3
     15 15
    Senior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    PRCM 4080 Writing for Public Relations33PRCM 4020 Style and Design in Public Relations Messages3
    PRCM 4510 Survey Research Methods33PRCM 4090 Public Relations Campaigns3
    Supporting Course Work53Supporting Course Work53
    Elective3PRCM 4920 Internship3
     Elective2
     UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
     12 14
    Total Hours: 120
    1

    COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

    2

    If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

    3

    This course is a prerequisite for PRCM 4090.

    4

    Students should meet with their advisers about appropriate courses from Groups 1, 2, and 3.

    5

    Students should meet with their advisers to identify Supporting Courses.

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  • Curriculum Guide for BA in Radio, Television, and Film

    Students must apply for admission to the MDIA major. All applicants must have completed 30 hours of course work (including the university core or its equivalents), COMM 1000  with a B or better and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, and Core Social Science. See the department chair or program coordinator for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University’s MDIA major are required to take a minimum of 21 hours in Auburn's program.

    Freshman
    FallHoursSpringHours
    ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
    Core Social Science3Core Social Science3
    Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
    Core History3Core Mathematics3
    COMM 1000 Public Speaking13Core Humanities23
     16 16
    Sophomore
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Core Science I4Core Science II4
    Core Literature3Core History to complete sequence3
    MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies3CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3
    Elective/Supporting Cognate courses45Electives/Supporting Cognate courses46
     15 16
    Junior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    MDIA 2800 Multimedia Production or 2420 Introduction to Filmmaking3MDIA 3350 Writing for Television and Film or 3380 Broadcast Newswriting3
    MDIA 3300 Foundation of Mass Communication3Course from Major Group 153
    Course from Major Group 253Course from Major Group 253
    CMJN 3350 Visual Communication3Electives/Supporting Cognate courses46
    Electives/Supporting Cognate courses43 
     15 15
    Senior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Courses from Major Group 159Courses from Major Group 159
    Electives/Supporting Cognate courses46MDIA 4920 Internship3
     UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
     15 12
    Total Hours: 120
    1

    COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

    2

    If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

    3

    MDIA 2350 may count either to satisfy the Core Fine Arts requirement or as a major course. However, it cannot count as both.

    4

    Students must meet with their advisers to determine appropriate electives and courses for their Supporting Cognate.

    5

    Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for Groups 1 and 2.

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Last Updated: June 20, 2014