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Your Experiential Learning Journey

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Experiential learning 鈥 the process of learning by doing 鈥搃s deeply integrated into an AU education. Apply what you learn in the classroom by immersing yourself in real-world experiences that enhance your knowledge and build skills for future success. AU provides opportunities for all students- from first years through to graduate students鈥 to forge your own path and select experiences that will best prepare you for what comes next.

First Year Experience

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Intro to College Life

麻豆果冻传媒 Experience (AUx) introduces you to college life and the resources available on campus so you can begin to consider your future experiential learning opportunities.

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Think Like a Scholar

In your Complex Problems seminar鈥攑art of AU Core鈥攜ou examine a variety of perspectives and practice thinking like a scholar. You鈥檒l have unique out-of-class experiences and in-class discussions with field experts.

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Live, Learn Together

In a Living-learning community (LLC), you live in a residence hall with other students who have a common academic interest or shared identity. LLCs also bring you exciting social experiences to enhance your first year of college.

Sophomore Year Through Graduate School

Choose Your Path

AU fosters your active learning by providing different types of learning experiences that empower you to be a responsible, engaged citizen. You have flexibility to choose your experiences with faculty and staff support.

Career Readiness

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Explore your current or intended career field through internships and supervised practical experiences. Apply what you have learned in class through hands-on job experience while earning credit in most situations. In 2022, 86 percent of AU undergraduate students and 48 percent of graduate students participated in an internship.

Student Leadership

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Develop skills for future success by engaging with one or some of AU鈥檚 hundreds of student-led organizations. You may also develop leadership skills as teaching assistants in the classroom, 听living-learning community program leaders, 听or as academic program peer mentors.

Global Experience

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Whether you want to immerse yourself in a program, short-term study abroad through your academic program, or service oriented travel through an Alternative Break, globally-focused learning opportunities are available for all students.

Research

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Undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students complete research through faculty-guided assistantships, clinics, field work, labs, and more. Whether in the classroom or out, you have many chances for creative and scholarly pursuits.听

In the Community

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AU students serve the community through new student activities like Explore DC, and math and literacy tutoring through DC Reads. You may also receive academic credit for service-learning. Our Center for Community Engagement and Service connects you with community-based learning opportunities.

In the Classroom

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Many classes feature unique experiential learning labs. Using Washington, DC as an extension of the classroom, you鈥檒l have opportunities to visit government agencies, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations to see real-life applications of what you鈥檝e learned in class.

Experiential Learning Opportunities at 麻豆果冻传媒

Find out more about individual undergraduate and graduate experiential learning opportunities at AU by scrolling through our database or using the search box.

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Program Database
Program School Dept Program Level Program Type Description
AU CC Any Career Readiness Apply lessons learned in the classroom to professional settings with unparalleled access to internships in Washington, DC.
Capital CoLab Digital Technology Credential AU CC Undergrad Career Readiness Gain digital technology skills important to employers and your future career with this credential.
AU HR Any Career Readiness Develop your career skills through part-time work in AU offices and departments on campus.
Tech Safari CAS Grad Career Readiness Learn about tech innovation through this guided experience in Silicon Valley, California.
Carmel Institute CAS Undergrad Global Experience Participate in Russian-focused cultural events and conferences and apply for grants to study Russian language and history.
The Game Studio CAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain invaluable experience working on real-world game projects.
Public Health Scholars CAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Enter an accelerated, interdisciplinary three-year course designed for highly motivated first-year students.
CAS Leadership and Ethical Development Program CAS Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Confront ethical challenges and learn leadership skills with seminars and community-based learning opportunities.
CAS Grad Research Facilitate collaborative community-based research, scholarship, and exhibitions, and share your findings.
CAS Any Research Immerse yourself in this maker space for digital fabrication, rapid prototyping, and experimentation.
Inequality, Social Justice, and Health Lab CAS Any Research Investigate structures of inequality that impact public health, using this knowledge to promote health equity.
Neuroscience Labs CAS Any Research Take part in active research programs spanning topics including addiction, decision-making, development, memory, and nutrition, among others.
Psychology Labs CAS Any Research Participate in a variety of research and clinical training opportunities, including scholarly analysis and internships.
CAS Any Research Help advance the science needed to make our wasteful food system sustainable, equitable, and resilient.
CAS Any Research Investigate the power of playful tactics to advance equity, strengthen the sense of place, and build strong communities.
Institute for IDEAS CAS Grad Research Get involved in research and creative work involving immersive technologies鈥攙irtual, augmented, mixed, and extended reality.
CAS Any Research Bridge boundaries among scholars, social justice groups, and media producers, and communicators with stories for social change.
Robin Mathias Annual Research Conference CAS Any Research Present original research, scholarship, and creative work before colleagues, faculty, and friends.
Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Intern in Los Angeles for a semester while taking courses in your business and entertainment major.
Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Complete core, specialization, or elective courses for a semester or a year in Vallendar, located on the famed Rhine River.
Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Study international business, corporate strategy, or finance in this program designed for MBA and MS students.
Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Attend a summer course taught in English on the business, political, and cultural environment in Europe in Vallendar, Germany.
Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Study for a semester in Lille, France, taking courses in English or French.
Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Study in Winterthur, Switzerland, for a semester.
Kogod Grad Global Experience Consult with corporate clients on-the-ground in Stockholm as part of this required course for MSSM degree candidates.
Kogod Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Examine an issue faced by an organization and work with fellow participants to recommend solutions to its leadership.
AU Center for Innovation Kogod Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Develop an entrepreneurial mindset, conduct market research, acquire financing, manage cash flows, and grow your ventures.
Kogod Any Career Readiness Kogod in Practice encompasses a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including pro bono projects and Kogod Co-ops that bring r茅sum茅-worthy hands-on experiences to all Kogod students and to students across all AU schools.
Student-Managed Investment Fund Kogod Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management.
Alternative Breaks Program鈥擠omestic Student Affairs Undergrad Global Experience Develop and implement programs driven by social justice issues during school breaks in the US and abroad.
Community-Based Courses Student Affairs Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Take courses with learning objectives and projects that are connected to collaborations with partner nonprofits.
Community Service-Learning Program Student Affairs Undergrad Service Learning Deepen your understanding of DC through a free experiential learning add-on attached to a course you are already taking.
Explore DC Student Affairs Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Experience your new home by serving DC nonprofits and exploring neighborhoods, history, and culture.
President's Volunteer Service Award Student Affairs Any Service Learning / Student Leadership Serve a minimum of 100 eligible volunteer hours to earn the President's Volunteer Service Award.
DC Reads Student Affairs Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Be an education advocate as you tutor and mentor students with community-based organizations that support DC public schools.
Eagle Endowment Grant Student Affairs Any Student Leadership Apply for a grant and a year of mentorship to make change through a DC community-based service project.
Student Organization Leadership Student Affairs Any Student Leadership Participate in leadership opportunities in student government organizations, clubs, media, and fraternities and sororities.
First-Year Orientation Leaders Student Affairs Undergrad Student Leadership Help prepare and support first-year and transfer students as they start their AU journeys.
CDI Student Dialogue Facilitator Student Affairs Undergrad Student Leadership Facilitate intergroup and intragroup student dialogues about a range of identity topics.
Washington Semester Program OGIS Undergrad Career Readiness Experience DC as you earn credit with program-specific seminars, elective courses, and structured internships.
DC Internship Gap Year OGIS Undergrad Career Readiness Work in a professional setting while you take seminars, optional electives, and an internship course.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Examine current issues confronting the European Union and Africa through academics and an internship.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn about the European Union and NATO through classes with decision-makers, internships, and field trips.
OGIS Grad Global Experience Intern for credit with organizations and businesses in Brussels while pursuing academic requirements with AU Brussels faculty.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Participate for credit in a full-time English-speaking internship with an organization in Brussels.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study contemporary and historical international relations issues and conduct independent research in Belgium and Spain.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study the historical and contemporary perspectives of public policy and legal issues in Belgium and Spain.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn about the creative forces that shaped the Mediterranean region, explore Madrid's museums, and earn AU Core credit.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Dive into Mediterranean history, culture, and politics with courses, homestays, internships, and excursions by AU Madrid.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study the health systems of Spain and the Mediterranean and improve your Spanish with a semester in Madrid.
OGIS Grad Global Experience Use your advanced Spanish language skills as you immerse yourself in the unique aspects of the Spanish workplace.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live, study, and intern in Madrid while you travel the Iberian peninsula to experience its culture, politics, and history.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience life in Madrid as you learn Spanish with AU Madrid-organized courses, homestays, and cultural excursions.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses in English or Spanish at one of Spain鈥檚 premier business schools and at AU Madrid.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture as you study abroad with a summer term at AU Madrid.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in Spanish at a premier performing arts school with housing, field trips, and potential internships through AU Madrid.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Use your advanced Spanish language skills as you immerse yourself in the unique aspects of the Spanish workplace.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study independently along local Madrid university students using your advanced Spanish language skills.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Use your very advanced Spanish language skills as you enroll directly in a premier business school in Madrid.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study human responses to environmental changes through coursework and internships in Nairobi and rural Kenya.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Intern with Kenyan-run organizations and businesses while pursuing academic requirements with AU Nairobi.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in Nairobi and explore history, politics, development, gender, and international relations via courses and excursions.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Intern at a Kenyan-run public health organization while pursuing academic interests at AU Nairobi.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in a vibrant Nairobi neighborhood, intern five days a week, and attend seminars that complement the internship.
OGIS Any Global Experience Develop the English proficiency needed for admission to AU while you partake in DC cultural experiences.
AU Cornerstone Wroxton College (UK) OGIS Any Global Experience Explore your field of interest at Wroxton College and experience UK culture as a first-year student.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take Spanish classes with local Argentine university students in this independent study abroad program.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the Russian language with courses taught in Russian in Armenia.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Jumpstart your international education as a first-year student with support of AU Madrid faculty and staff.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study in North Queensland as you explore UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study filmmaking and do production work with renowned Village Roadshow Studios in this hands-on intensive program.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Australian education system firsthand at a university campus in the heart of Melbourne.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Australian education system firsthand at a university acclaimed as a teaching and research powerhouse.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Australian education system firsthand at a park-like campus five miles from Brisbane.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Choose from a wide selection of courses in English or German that focus on music and European culture and society.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Understand Brazil from a local perspective with a combination of courses taught in English and Portuguese.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Attend a Canadian university through this nationally competitive fellowship.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at the collegiate level in Canada through the National Student Exchange.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes in Spanish in this structured program with internship, homestay, and field trip opportunities.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Chilean education system firsthand by taking classes taught in Spanish at a Santiago university.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the culture as you improve your Chinese language skills in China鈥檚 capital city.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in Chinese culture in Shanghai as you partake in English-speaking courses and an optional internship.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience this cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of Asia through study abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience this cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of Asia through study abroad at the City University of Hong Kong.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in Chendu, China, in an English language, US-style learning environment.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica, with its outstanding natural environment.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study business and economics, Central European studies, or Jewish studies in Czech Republic capital.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Master the filmmaking process and the medium of 16mm film as you work in a group to create a short film.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study off the beaten path as you participate in an academically-themed program of courses and tours throughout Europe.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in the Ecuadorian Amazon as you practice your Spanish skills and explore global challenges on the local level.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Combine an internship with courses that examine an academic area in the context of the UK鈥檚 history, culture, and society.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Explore contemporary London and the global impact of Britain on Western culture with an internship and courses at IES London.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study with King's College London students at campuses in the heart of the UK's capital.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take part in the great theatrical tradition of Britain as you work and study with its leading actors and directors.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take health studies courses and participate in a required service learning placement in UK capital.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at Lady Margaret Hall at one of the most renowned academic institutions in the world鈥擮xford University.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at St. Anne's College at one of the most renowned academic institutions in the world鈥擮xford University.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study with other university students at the only London institution with a residential campus.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study abroad with the largest concentration of Africa, Asia, and Middle East specialist faculty in the world.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Be a general course student at one of the most prestigious institutions in the heart of this multicultural city.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take upper-level courses at one of the most prestigious institutions in England.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in a small British city in the countryside along the beautiful coast of southwest England.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Finnish education system firsthand while taking classes taught in English.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in French with language and civilization courses.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Gain a full semester of college credit in this international center of commerce and culture.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study and intern in Paris, where students are conducting significant research across many fields.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in French life and Parisian culture while studying with support from an intercultural office.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses on political science, international relations, and French language, all taught in English or French.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Use Berlin鈥檚 urban landscape to enrich your academic focus as you take all your classes in German.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Expand your business experience in the state-of-the-art facilities of one of Germany's largest finance departments.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study and explore Berlin for a semester, earning up to six credits of German at any level from beginning to advanced.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the German language for a semester or year with the support of a study abroad coordinator.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in small, 麻豆果冻传媒-style classes on the beautiful shores of the Aegean Sea.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study the Buddhism theory and practice among more than 40 Buddhist temples within a largely Hindi and Muslim community.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at this Indonesian public ivy league research university, the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Indonesia.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study on a handsome 40-acre campus in the heart of Ireland's capital.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself at an Irish university campus with strong courses in law, business, the sciences, psychology, and more.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Israeli education system while taking classes taught in English with other study abroad students.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn from courses in diverse environmental fields, a peace-building and leadership seminar, and more.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in a setting surrounded by history and take classes in Israel's largest international program.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in the north of Israel along the coast, experiencing the Israeli educational system firsthand.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Choose from a wide variety of courses at this private liberal arts college, which conducts its entire program in English.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Enroll directly, choosing from a wide variety of courses and participating in extracurricular campus activities.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in the international program or intensive language program at this university with six campuses across Greater Tokyo.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience Nagoya, a major cultural and economic center, for a semester, summer language program, or full year.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in the vibrant heart of downtown Tokyo for a full year or spring semester.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Improve your Arabic language skills with support from a community of devoted staff, faculty, local neighbors, and partners.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn Russian in Kazakhstan through courses taught in the language.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study archaeology and environmental science in remote desert locations in rural northwest Kenya.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience Seoul's rapid industrialization, technological development, and beautiful and rich traditional culture.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Get a broad introduction to Korea in its Asian and world setting with classes taught in English at this Seoul university.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the Russian language as you live and study in Latvia.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses taught in Spanish while living and studying in Cholula, a suburb of Puebla, Mexico.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses taught in English on Arabic and Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African, and Mediterranean contexts.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses taught in French on Arabic and Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African, and Mediterranean contexts.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses alongside Dutch and other international students in the Hague.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take interdisciplinary courses in Maastricht alongside students from the Netherlands and other parts of Europe.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes directly enrolled at this New Zealand university as you immerse yourself in the country鈥檚 largest city.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes directly enrolled in this New Zealand university as you immerse yourself in the country鈥檚 capital city.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Choose from a suite of courses in Belfast, Northern Ireland, including renowned courses in peace and conflict resolution.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience Polish culture while learning from regional experts about European politics, economics, and societies.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Develop your artistic abilities at a well-ranked UK school of art that offers studio immersion in many fields and mediums.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Spend a semester or year of study in the cultural, historical, and political center of Scotland.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes from a diverse selection alongside local students in Glasgow, known for its fantastic arts and music scene.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study at this small liberal arts college founded by Yale and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Spend six weeks in Madrid taking a Mediterranean art history course for credit toward AU Core requirements.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Intern in Madrid, experiencing unique aspects of the Spanish workplace while immersed in the language.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take intensive language classes in Taipei and intern in Chinese and English-speaking environments.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study on a large, modern campus in Taipei at one of Taiwan's leading universities.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Gain insight into life in the Emirates as it attempts to combine traditional culture with modern economic development.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at one of 160-plus member colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in a charming, coastal town in Wales, integrating with Welsh students in a wide array of course areas.
SIS Graduate Programs Practica SIS Grad Career Readiness Conduct program and policy analyses working in teams with clients, including US and international government agencies.
SIS Skills Institutes SIS Any Career Readiness Translate theory into practice in these intensive workshops taught by experienced international affairs practitioners.
Global Scholars SIS Undergrad Global Experience Live, study, and intern in the US capital while a student of another domestic or international university.
Sakura Scholars SIS Grad Global Experience Earn a joint bachelor of arts in global international relations with AU and Ritsumeikan University in Japan.
Abdul Aziz Said Peace Scholars SIS Undergrad Global Experience Advance the celebrated SIS professor鈥檚 life鈥檚 mission through studying peace, conflict resolution, and interfaith dialogue.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study in a beautiful villa on the right bank of the Tiber River, choosing from three master's degrees.
SIS Grad Global Experience Pursue a master of arts program in international relations from Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam.
SIS Grad Global Experience Prepare for leadership roles at Korea University Graduate School of International Studies international relations program.
SIS Grad Global Experience Pursue a degree in an SIS major field and earn up to 15 credits in your second year by studying at Korea University.
SIS Grad Global Experience Spend a semester nestled in Leuven's city center at Belgium's oldest university, a 45-minute train ride from Brussels.
SIS Grad Global Experience Choose from English-language graduate programs focused on food sciences, development, and environmental studies.
SIS Grad Global Experience Train in international studies, international political economy, and diplomacy on a campus with traditional Chinese architecture.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study diplomacy and international affairs with up-and-coming Peruvian diplomats.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study international relations in the northwestern corner of Kyoto, near Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Ryoanji Rock Garden.
SIS Grad Global Experience Earn a dual graduate degree, spending your second year studying in English or Japanese at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study politics and international affairs in Paris among elite students from all over the world.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study the major global, international, and transnational challenges facing the contemporary world.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study at the United Nations University for Peace in a global community within a beautiful nature reserve in Costa Rica.
SIS Grad Global Experience Explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying principles to cutting-edge problems.
SIS Grad Global Experience Study how international organizations protect human rights and humanitarian action, health and environment, and global migration.
SIS Grad Global Experience Gain broad knowledge of the Black Sea-Caspian region and its current security, political, and economic environment.
SIS Grad Global Experience Take intensive summer classes on a beautiful nature reserve in Costa Rica while networking for an international career.
SIS Undergrad Global Experience Study international affairs in Seoul at a progressive, globally conscious institution while immersed in Korea's unique culture.
SIS Undergrad Global Experience Improve your Japanese language skills, learn more about Japanese culture, and meet people from all over the world.
SIS Undergrad Global Experience Earn two degrees: one from 麻豆果冻传媒 and one from Ritsumeikan University.
SIS Undergrad Global Experience Study politics at the Institut d鈥橢tudes Politiques de Paris's main campus or one of six region-focused campuses across France.
Olson Scholars SIS Undergrad Research Pursue advanced research work in international studies as you enter your sophomore year at the School of International Service.
SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium SIS Undergrad Research Organize and lead a day of educational exchange of international affairs student research.
LA Intensive SOC Any Career Readiness Meet LA-based entertainment industry professionals and alumni via site visits, panel discussions, and social events.
New York Career Intensive SOC Any Career Readiness Connect with alumni and professionals working in NYC communications, including hosted events with major media organizations.
Dean's Internships SOC Undergrad Career Readiness Represent the School of Communication, strengthening ties with host partners via real-world assignments with future job pathways.
Alumni Mentorship SOC Any Career Readiness Pair with School of Communication alumni who help you navigate your career path from the classroom to professional world.
Center for Environmental Filmmaking Student Projects SOC Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Create innovative films and media that raise awareness, represent diverse voices, promote solutions, and inspire action.
Classroom in the Wild SOC Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Expand and improve your photography and filmmaking skills in this open workshop.
SOC Any Research Work with experienced journalists to hold the powerful accountable through original, data-driven investigative reporting.
Urban Teachers Teacher Preparation/MAT Partnership SOE Grad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Accelerate student achievement, disrupt systems of inequity, and improve the life outcomes of children in urban schools.
Teacher Pipeline Project SOE Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Explore dual enrollment opportunities in education courses, full scholarships, and coaching for new teachers.
SPA Professional Development Series SPA Undergrad Career Readiness Prepare for a career as a public affairs professional with faculty-guided, small-group weekend workshops.
Sine Institute of Policy & Politics: Student Associates SPA Any Career Readiness Assist Sine Fellows with designing, planning, organizing, and executing their seminar series.
Women and Politics Institute: WeLead Campaign Training Program SPA Undergrad Career Readiness Encourage women to get involved in politics with practical training and research facilitation.
Center for Data Science: Student Fellows SPA Any Career Readiness Focus on 21st-century data production, analysis, and storage with events, research, and academic journal support.
Center for Environmental Policy: William K. Reilly Scholars and Interns SPA Grad Career Readiness Get training and mentorship as an environmental leader through the William K. Reilly Fund.
Center for Environmental Policy: Environmental Careers Network SPA Any Career Readiness Learn about environmental policy work through interviews with non-academic career environmental professionals.
Hertie School Exchange Program SPA Grad Global Experience Study public affairs and public policy at the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany, for one semester.
European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Immerse yourself in an introduction to the art and craft of lobbying in the European Union.
Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Take advanced workshops conducted by lobbying professionals and attend the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute.
Campaign Management Institute SPA Grad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Train for participation in local, state, and federal political campaigns.
Politics, Policy and Law Scholars SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Work closely with School of Public Affairs faculty who teach and publish in the areas of politics, policy, and law.
Lincoln Scholars Program SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Take small seminar classes on foundational texts among intellectually and politically diverse students, scholars, and faculty.
Key Executive Leadership Programs SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Develop skills, knowledge, and values needed by public and nonprofit leaders.
SPA Analytics and Management Institute SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Learn a variety of skills including mapping, regulation compliance, and policy writing for a general audience.
Data Science MS Practicum SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain analytical expertise and creative problem-solving skills to succeed across multiple industries, academia, and government.
Justice, Law, and Criminology MS Practicum SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain a holistic understanding of issues and institutions across the social sciences, law, and the humanities.
Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy MS Practicum SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Approach security issues through development of strategic security solutions at federal, state, and local levels of government.
Center for Data Science: Institute for Data Science and Big Data SPA Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Participate in faculty-mentored data science research opportunities
SPA Leadership Program SPA Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Gain the experience, skills, and knowledge needed for a leadership role in public service via this 15-credit course of study.
SPA Grad Research Assist with locating, transcribing, annotating, and publishing the letters of the two US presidents.
Public Affairs and Policy Lab SPA Undergrad Research Seek advanced research experiences in collaboration with a School of Public Affairs (SPA) professor.
SPA Any Research Be involved in research that contributes to the national dialogue on gender and politics.
Center for Environmental Policy: Research Assistants SPA Any Research Contribute to research that informs and educates future environmental leaders and promotes more sustainable and innovative practices.
Justice-Related Initiatives (Justice Programs Office) SPA Grad Research Contribute to assessing and rectifying racial and ethnic disparities in government and the court system.
Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research: PhD Grant Workshop SPA Grad Research Attend a workshop about pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships and other funding opportunities for School of Public Affairs PhD students.
SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium SPA Undergrad Research Present original scholarly and creative work before colleagues, friends, and faculty.
Peace and Violence Research Lab Fellowship SPA Any Research Get support for research on topics related to peace and political violence.
Metropolitan Policy Center Graduate Research Assistants SPA Grad Research Work with center faculty to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research Opportunities SPA Any Research Partner with faculty as you advance public policy research that addresses today's pressing issues.
SPA Grad Research Write and edit for this print and online journal of public affairs, politics, and public policy.
SPA Undergrad Research Contribute cutting-edge analyses and lead production of this international public policy publication.
SPA Undergrad Research Contribute political science, international, or public policy articles to this undergraduate research journal.
Center for Environmental Policy: Projects and Workgroups SPA Any Service Learning / Student Leadership Work with faculty and staff on projects aimed at improving US environmental governance.
Project on Civil Discourse: Peer Facilitators SPA Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Guide and support AU community members who wish to develop as listeners, speakers, and learners.
AU Cornerstone DC UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain workplace experience, expand your network, and acquire knowledge that gives you an edge in the job market.
AU Honors UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Participate in unique experiential learning opportunities and apply for funding for special projects and paid leadership positions.
University College UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Join this living-learning community for first-year students.
Complex Problems Seminars UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Partake in unique co-curricular experiences that take you off campus or bring area experts to the classroom.
Complex Problems Program Leaders UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Mentor new AU students, helping them to integrate learning experiences both inside and outside of their Complex Problems seminar.
Community-Based Research Scholars UEAS Undergrad Research Participate in community-based research through responsible and meaningful community-engaged service and learning opportunities.
Summer Scholars and Artists Program UEAS Undergrad Research Receive funding to conduct full-time research that demonstrates the potential for significant scholarly or creative work.
Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities UEAS Undergrad Research Apply for funding to support your own research.
Honors Student Student Advisory Council UEAS Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Serve in an advisory capacity to the AU Honors Program and organize social events for the Honors community.
AU Experience Peer Facilitators UEAS Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Serve as a role model and mentor as part of 麻豆果冻传媒 Experience first-year courses.
Investigative Broadcast Journalism (COMM 420 or 620) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Rotating topics in the analysis and working methods of specialized areas of mass media. Experiential Learning opportunities include like on the job training. This class models the real world experience in broadcast news. Students report on stories in DC region but may also cover stories along the east coast. Previous topics have included Comedy in Mass Media, Investigative Broadcast Journalism, Presidential Primaries: On the Trail in New Hampshire, Storytelling Change Makers, and more.
Quantitative Methods for Journalists (COMM 260) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This class teaches students how to build and analyze databases from a journalist point of view. Students learn how to request and analyize data, find a story within the data, pitch the story, write the lead, and create a reporting plan for how they would write the story.
How the News Media Shapes History (COMM 270) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course provides students with a core competency in quantitative methods and data visualization and demonstrates how an understanding of statistics and probability are essential to the profession of journalism. Experiential Learning opportunities include building and analyzing databases for journalist and recognized industry guest speakers.
Digital Skills (COMM 305) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students are given a camera and learn to go out and use it. Students start with still photography with access to cameras from AU's extensive inventory of professional equipment. In the classroom students work on photography skills where every class is hands on learning camera fuctions, shooting opportunities, and edit photos. Students also have an opportunity to learn pod casting and video technology while completeing a project needed in the community.
Reporting (COMM 320) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Professional training in news gathering, writing, and news judgment for traditional news and new media platforms. Study of news sources, ethical reporting techniques, fieldwork, research, and interview methods for print, web, broadcast, and their convergence. Learning the mission of journalism in democracy. Experiential Learning opportunities include producing local stories to be submitted in campus media like TheWash.org, The Eagle, Black Print, and other AU publications. Students are encouraged to attend events, go to advisory neighborhood commissions where residents contact with their local government. Students are responsible for getting the full story, including interviewing residents on the record.
Digital Audio and Podcast Production (COMM 385) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Writing, reporting, interviewing, and digital editing of audio stories. The class emphasizes audio news production, narrative and non-narrative storytelling. Students work under deadline, creating radio newscasts and/or podcasts, and build an online portfolio of audio, web stories. Experiential learning opportunities include the production of weekly newscasts with students rotating through each role of the production.
Advanced Reporting (COMM 425) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course is designed to provide students with advanced skills in reporting, interviewing, writing, producing and distributing news content with a focus on reporting on and in Washington, D.C. Students learn and develop research and reporting skills for in-depth assignments, in print and digital media. Experiential Learning opportunities is the core of this class.
Backpack Video Journalism (COMM 432 or 632) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Instruction in shooting, editing, and producing of video stories; merging of script, video, and graphics into the final product. Working alone or in small teams, students learn to use digital cameras, microphones, lights, tripods, field shooting techniques, and nonlinear editing. Students produce a video r茅sum茅 reel as a capstone project. Experiential Learning opportunities is the core of this class.
Global Journalism: Issues and Trents in the 21st Centrury (COMM 445 or 645) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students conduct interviews with artist exhibiting in African Photo Festiva, through a partnership with the creater of the Abija in ivory coast, Africa.
Journalism Capstone (COMM 462) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven The capstone course is the culmination of the undergraduate journalism program. The primary objective is for students to complete an individual reporting project that showcases the skills and knowledge developed throughout their studies. The major components of the capstone are an individual, in-depth journalism project; a polished professional portfolio; an exam covering style, grammar, and reading; and training in professional development. Experiential Learning opportunities is the core of this class.
Advanced Broadcast Production (COMM 487) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Producing, writing, reporting, and non-linear editing of television and video newscasts and other news magazine formats. Field reporting and line producing daily newscasts under deadline. Live production and post-production for digital platforms. News topics include local, national, and international news as well as health, sports, entertainment, and weather. Experiential Learning opportunities is the core of this class.
Understanding the Media (COMM 100) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Building on students' individual and collective experiences of mass media (print, film, radio, television, and digital media), this course analyzes 麻豆果冻传媒 media institutions: their development and social role; the economic and political constraints they face; and their effect on us as a society and as individuals. Experiential Learning opportunities include partnerships with 麻豆果冻传媒 organizations or offices to identify and raise awareness for important initiatives by creating an effective advertisement. In addition, this course includes guest speakers and panel discussions with professional journalists with global experience.
Communication and Society (COMM 209) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course explores the roles of communication in society, including the role of the individual in public discourse. Focuses on how media and opinion leaders set agendas, frame issues, and use concepts and theories of persuasion in fields such as public relations, strategic communication, advertising, and journalism. Experiential Learning opportunities include creating a production.
Communication Internship (COMM 291) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students explore a professional field with faculty guidance and employer supervision and evaluation. They apply what they have learned in classes and discover if the field is the right fit. Students reflect on their experience to define their position in the organization; explain the knowledge, skills, and talents required in the work they are doing; compare what they have learned in the classroom to the field experience; share the experience in class and online discussions; and articulate the key lessons of the field experience in a classroom presentation. Experiential Learning opportunity is the internship/real work experience.
Public Relations (COMM 301) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven An introduction to public relations that explores the strategy and tactics involved in this field. Learn the strategic concepts behind public relations and the ways that professionals practice it. Topics include audience targeting and research, message development, media relations, and using all possible tactics, including traditional and social media, to reach people and communicate with them. Students see how public relations works in such areas as business, society, entertainment, sports, and politics, among others, and learn how public relations professionals deal with crises, communications challenges, and different publics. Experiential Learning opportunities include interviewing Public Relations professionals and crafting news releases.
Digital Skills (COMM 305) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Digital storytellers have more options than ever before in today's dynamic and hyper-connected world. This hands-on course is an introduction to multimedia tools and techniques in producing words and images, audio and video, and cutting-edge interactivity. Experiential Learning opportunities also include producing a real world story from the broad DC region, panel discussions and notable guest speakers. Students also workshop and screen their work like industry professionals producing portfolio worthy work.
Public Speaking (COMM 310) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Principles of effective speaking. Practice in preparing and presenting several types of public address. Experiential Learning opportunities include meeting with experts in the field as well as personal branding guidance.
Feature Article Writing (COMM 325) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Study of short and long-form feature articles for web-zines, blogs, newspapers and magazines, with a focus on the art of the interview, investigative techniques and in-depth writing skills. Class also gives professional instruction in the marketing for publication of these articles. Experiential Learning is core to this class.
Public Relations Case Studies (COMM 346) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students review, discuss, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of multiple public relations campaigns across disciplines. They gain familiarity with research methods, strategies, and tactics used in the PR toolbox as well as an understanding of when and how to use them. Experiential Learning opportunities include real world job experience by where students prepare to host an event. Students are placed into departments to plan and build the run of show, strategize and secure partnerships, develop marketing and advertising plans, and execute all operational aspects to host a successful event.
Digital Media and Culture (COMM 365) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course examines the role that digital media technologies play in culture and society. It presents historical and contemporary theories about how digital media enable practices through which individual identity is formed, social relations manifest, political discourse occurs, and economic power flows. It draws attention to the significance of digital media in reinforcing legacies of oppression and structures of marginalization, as well as their potential for social activism and change. Experiential Learning is core to this class as students create podcasts, videos, post their work on websites and in social media.
Intro to Communication Research Methods (COMM 378) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Media and communication are central to our understanding of public affairs as well as how we conduct our private lives. This course provides students with the essential skills they need to study media technologies, media industries, and the communicative processes they engender. They learn how to analyze news content, scrape and study web and social media data, and conduct interviews, surveys, and experiments to examine media consumption habits and its effects on the public's social and political behaviors. They also develop a critical appreciation for rigorous quantitative and qualitative social research. Experiential Learning is core to this class as students make and build research by survey, interviews, collecting qualitative and quantitative date, audience studies, experimental design, literature review, and other tools and methods in an anthropology type approach to collecting data. Students also workshop their research papers in a peer review process which is critical in the academia. Lastly, students become proficient in important industry related software, Atlas.ti.
Public Communication Research (COMM 380) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course teaches a range of research methods that are essential to careers in public relations and strategic communication. Students develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, learn how to formulate research questions, and develop and execute a research design including sampling, measurement, data collection, and interpretation of results. Using methods such as surveys, experiments, content analysis, and focus groups, students learn to harness the power of data to address complex questions, including through the use of relevant analysis software packages. Finally, they apply the results to solve strategic communication problems and learn to present research findings compellingly to a range of audiences. Experiential Learning opportunity includes working with a live or simulated client to deliver a Top Line Report that can be implemented by the organization.
Social Media Strategies and Tactics (COMM 408) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course focuses on understanding how organizations, including corporations, nonprofits, and the government employ digital strategic communications in their public relations outreach. Search engine marketing, mobile communications, and viral campaigns are examined. The course features case studies, use of social media tools, and experts in social media from various fields. Experiential Learning opportunities include work with a real client to develop a strategic communication plan based on their needs. Guest speakers also provide current best practices and potential work opportunities.
Journalism Ethics (COMM 409) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the professional responsibilities journalists owe to society. It also provides practical training in ethical decision making. Discusses how best to meet professional obligations on a day-to-day basis and looks ahead to future ethical issues on the horizon. Experiential Learning opportunities include practicing interviewing techniques out in the community like professional journalist.
Fundamentals of News Design (COMM 417) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course explores publication design and visual storytelling, including the display of quantitative informational graphics. The course covers design principles, photography and video, mapping, color and typography. Students learn the Adobe Creative Suite as well as open-source tools to create projects on a variety of topics.Experiential Learning opportunities is the core of this class.
Public Relations Portfolio (COMM 437) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course gives students the opportunity to apply lessons learned and serves as the capstone for their program. Students work with a real-world client as part of a team to address a specific communication challenge. They produce a strategic proposal and a variety of creative work, such as social media campaigns, event concepts, product launches, public service announcements, websites, news releases, brochures, or media relations campaigns, as needed for corporate, nonprofit, or government clients. In some cases, based on the client's needs, the emphasis is on executing the strategy and producing deliverables. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Crisis Communication (COMM 441) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course examines the nature of issue and crisis management from the strategic communication perspective. Students study various issues, risk and crisis situations, as well as the current literature on strategic issue, risk, and crisis communication methods. Students develop a crisis communication plan for a chosen organization. Experiential Learning opportunities include site visits to local government and police to learn about handling of sensitive information during major events inclusive of the events at the Capitol on January 6th.
Communication, Copyright and Culture (COMM 467) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course focuses on the social, political, and cultural implications of copyright law. The course examines questions including how creative works became commodified, what impact this has on the way we view the world, and how this changes in light of the rapid innovations in the way culture is produced and consumed. Experiential Learning opportunities in this class include meeting with domain experts like senior officials in the US Copyright Office and the Library of Congress, NGOs, prominent lawyers and artists. Students are required to create an original work of expression, register it with the copyright office and engage in every process of the bureaucratic system.
Digital Strategic Communication Analytics and Certifications (COMM 469) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Today's strategic communication professionals are required to understand the integral role digital and social strategy plays for organizations. This course prepares students to obtain certification in social media monitoring and digital analytics platforms, such as Meltwater and Google Analytics. Students also learn and practice the theory and strategy of digital and social measurement. Topics include using data to craft communications planning, messaging, and campaigns. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Reputation Management (COMM 473) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Reputation management is a fairly recent phenomenon in the field of communication, and there is increasing consensus among corporate leaders regarding its importance. This course introduces students to the standard definitions of reputation, reviews the value it holds for corporations, and provides an overview of current practices used in reputation management. Experiential Learning opportunities include industry expert speakers to the class.
Entertainment Communication (COMM 481) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course examines the implications and practice of strategic communication in the U.S. entertainment industry, including TV, digital, music, film, and live arts. It also explores the theoretical foundations that explain the impact of entertainment on U.S. culture and audiences. Experiential Learning opportunities include case study analysis of current entertainment campaigns in addition to expert guest speakers in the field.
Senior Professional Internship (COMM 491) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Professional communication work in an off-campus organization appropriate to the student's academic program. The Experiential Learning opportunity is the job experience in this semester long internship where 1/3 of the student's grade is from the supervisor.
Politics and the Media (COMM 509) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Examination and analysis of the intersection of media and politics today. This course focuses on how media in all forms, from mainstream TV and newspapers to blogs, political ads and web sites, have an impact on politics; how political actors seek to promote their messages and campaigns; and how the intersection of politics and media influences public opinion and public policy. Experiential Learning opportunities includes the real time production of the 麻豆果冻传媒 Forum. This experience helps build resumes and opens doors.
Opinion Writing (COMM 521) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students examine and write for various forms of opinion writing that may include blogs, vlogs, columns, editorials, social commentary, critical reviews, letters to the editor, and other forms of personal expression. The course attempts to cover all media platforms. Experiential Learning opportunities include opportunities to submit work to national publishers.
Social Marketing for Social Impact (COMM 540) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course explores the principles of social marketing, which is the systematic application of marketing and strategic communication principles to achieve human behavior change toward a social purpose or social good. Students study consumer research techniques and definitions of social marketing, and analyze social marketing and strategic communication campaigns. Experiential Learning is core to this class.
Grassroots Digital Advocacy (COMM 551) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course examines advocacy communication campaigns that use digital strategies and techniques. Students explore how social media, mobile technology, and online activist tools raise awareness for causes, candidates, and issues; analyze campaigns within the context of digital communication theories; and consider the impact of technology on grassroots advocacy. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Race, Ethnic and Community Reporting (COMM 588) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course prepares students to report, write, and produce multimedia stories about increasingly diverse populations involving race and ethnicity at the local level. Students study race in the media, including cultural bias, and approaches to non-mainstream communities, and then apply those concepts by creating multimedia profiles of Washington, D.C., area neighborhoods. Experiential Learning opportunities include partnerships with media outlets.
Data-Driven Journalism (COMM 618) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course reviews the history and trends in computer-assisted reporting. The course provides students with the basic skill in using spreadsheets, databases, programming, and data visualization in a journalistic context. Experiential Learning opportunities include publication opportunities in national news outlets for professional work.
Community News Reporting (COMM 621) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students learn basic storytelling, copyediting skills and AP style, headline writing, good news judgment, story and visual selection, and how to produce multimedia stories, with a focus on community news reporting. The course includes discussion of legal and ethical issues and trends in news coverage and audiences. Experiential Learning opportunities include true field experience with hyper local stories published for TheWash.org. Professors are the co-editors of the site and manage this outlet like a traditional news broadcasting company. The students are the reporters on the ground.
Innovation and Mass Industry (COMM 625) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course explores how new ventures and established media/communication companies have been successful in the digital environment. The course equips students with the tools of media entrepreneurship focusing on ideation, monetization, competitive scan, and the beginning of a business plan. Experiential Learning is core to this class.
Proseminar in Political Communication (COMM 628) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This introduction to political communication examines the role of communication in politics and the interplay of news, politics, advocacy, and public policy. The course provides students with the opportunity to process, analyze, and discuss current events through a political communication prism. Experiential Learning is core to this class.
Political Communication (COMM 639) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Examines the role of communication in politics and advocacy and applies public communication principles to advocacy and political campaigns. Includes the role of media relations in politics, the impact of television on political discourse, political message development, political advertising, ethics in political persuasion, and the impact of political communication on our democratic institutions, as well as how to interpret public opinion, identify and reach constituencies, and develop political communication strategies. Experiential Learning opportunities include industry leading professionals speaking with and providing expert advice and insight to students.
Principles of Strategic Communication (COMM 640) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Examines the elements and principles of strategic communication, with focus on analyzing and developing communication campaigns, public opinion, the media, the role of research, audience identification and targeting, message development, and communicating to various stakeholders and publics. Explores the role of strategic communication in society, politics, culture, business, and various other institutions. Also examines the ethics of strategic communication. Experiential Learning opportunities include industry leading professionals speaking with and providing expert advice and insight to students.
Investigative Journalism Practicum (COMM 700) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course involves students working in groups on long-form investigative projects with The Washington Post and other organizations and institutions in partnership with the school. Students demonstrate high-level research and journalistic skills while completing in-depth projects. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Photography and Visual Story Telling (COMM 717) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course introduces students to the fundamentals of visual journalism and audio reporting by enabling them to think more broadly about journalism and storytelling. Students build basic skills as photographers and with audio reporting and editing, create a major multimedia project. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Past, Present and Future of Long Form Story Telling (COMM 719) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven From the 1960s New Journalists to contemporary immersion journalists and experiments with social media and interactive platforms, this course explores what has evolved and what has stayed the same about storytelling. Students learn the techniques of narrative journalistic reporting and writing and produce multimedia story packages. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Capstone Seminar in Journalism (COMM 720) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This skills-based intensive course prepares students for professional journalism careers. Students use the skills, values, law, and ethical guidelines learned throughout the program to produce a major reporting project that demonstrates their deep understanding of journalism today. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Digital Audio and Podcast Production (COMM 721) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Writing, reporting, interviewing, and digital editing of audio stories. The class emphasizes audio news production, narrative and non-narrative storytelling. Students work under deadline, creating radio newscasts and/or podcasts, and build an online portfolio of audio, web stories. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Reporting of Public Affairs (COMM 724) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Professional training in news gathering, writing, interviewing, producing, and editing on-deadline news stories, with a focus on and in Washington, D.C., and emphasis on coverage of domestic and international issues. Students develop research and ethical reporting skills for in-depth assignments across media platforms, learning the mission of journalism in democracy. Experiential Learning opportunities include unique to DC experiences. Students are credentialed reporters covering news and events at Congress, US Supreme Court, State Department, Pentagon, and other DC major events.
Research for Strategic Communication (COMM 738) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course covers quantitative and qualitative research methods in strategic communication. Students learn to use research for planning and evaluating strategic communication initiatives and campaigns. Students learn how to formulate research questions and develop and execute a research design, including sampling, measurement, data collection and interpretation of results. They conduct research projects using methods such as focus groups, content analysis, experiments, observations and surveys. Students apply the results to strategic communication problems and learn about emerging research trends. Experiential Learning is core to this class.
Strategic Communication Capstone (COMM 744) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven The capstone is an immersive research course based on developing an idea and writing or creating a final product. Students conduct research, gain expertise, and develop a long-form paper or project in an area of strategic communication of their choosing. Students are encouraged to produce work that meets the standards for publication or professional presentation. Experiential Learning is core to this course.
Advanced Media Theory (COMM 750) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course examines a range of theories for explaining the complex interrelationships among media, technology, human behavior, social interaction, and democratic processes. It provides an in-depth comparative analysis of theoretical approaches from a variety of academic fields including mass communication, cultural studies, film criticism, and digital media. Experiential Learning opportunities in this class include meeting with domain experts and attending industry conferences like the National Communication Association (NCA). At conferences, there is an opportunity for more field work, networking and securing job opportunities.
Advanced Media Research Methods (COMM 751) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course covers major social scientific, historical, ethnographic, qualitative, and critical approaches to media research, including discussions of epistemology, conceptualization, measurement, and ethics. Experiential Learning is core to this class as students delve deep into different research methods culminating in an original work. This class also offers interviews with industry professionals.
Seminar in Doctoral Research (COMM 860) SOC Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students examine topics and approaches to research design in their areas of interest, prepare for their comprehensive examinations, and develop their literature reviews. Experiential Learning is core to this course as students transition to their dissertation requiring significant peer review and project based learning.
Global Journalism: Issues and Trends in the 21st Century (COMM 445 or 645) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven The critical issues facing journalists and the news media on a global scale. Examines diversity of international news media and focuses on trends such as the power and influence of global media moguls, the threats of violence and detention that confront journalists around the world, and the role of the news media in the process of political change. Experiential Learning opportunities is the core of this class.
Music, Cultures, and Industries (COMM 468 or 668) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course explores the cultural history and social role of music as a form of communication. Readings and class discussions focus on music's intersection with issues of race, sexuality, and politics. The course also examines the economics and institutional foundations of the music industry, tracing its roots in the nineteenth century through current digital disruptions and innovations. Experiential Learning is core to this class with unique opportunities to participate in the Humanities Truck, as well as meet with opera company leaders and attend dress rehearsals.
Weekend Video Backpack SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students complete 3-5 video stories over the course of a Saturday. Starting in the morning, students pick a story, pitch it, and once approved, write, shoot, and edit it. The day concludes with students presenting their finished products.
Olson Scholars SIS Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Pursue advanced research and undergo fieldwork in international studies as you enter your sophomore year at SIS.
SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium SIS Undergrad Research Organize and lead a day of educational exchange of international affairs student research.
Career Site Visits SIS Any Career Readiness These trips allow students to meet with professionals, explore organizations, and prepare to engage in professional settings.
Ritsumeikin University Sakura Scholars, Japan SIS Any Global Experience Earn a joint bachelor of arts in global international relations with AU and Ritsumeikan University in Japan.
UN University for Peace, Costa Rica SIS Grad Global Experience UPEACE, in Costa Rica, is dedicated to quality teaching, research, and service to help humanity build a peaceful world.
Korea University, South Korea SIS Grad Global Experience KUGSIS prepares students for leadership roles in governments, NGOs, multinational firms, and international financial institutions.
Three Year Global Scholars Program SIS Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership First-year students complete their academic requirements on an accelerated timeline and engage in community service as a cohort.
SIS Undergrad Research Organize and lead a day of educational exchange of international affairs student research.
SISU 306 Poster Conference SIS Undergrad Research The conference allows students to showcase their research and engage in broader scholarly dialogue with the AU community.
Internship Abroad SIS Any Global Experience SIS provides students with direct connections to internship opportunities at organizations abroad.
Undergraduate Semester Abroad SIS Undergrad Global Experience Students take courses alongside international peers and are fully integrated into student life at the host institution.
Graduate Summer Abroad SIS Grad Global Experience Students spend the summer taking courses at the host institution and are fully integrated into student life at the host campus.
Graduate Semester Abroad SIS Grad Global Experience Students spend one semester taking courses at the host institution and are fully integrated into student life at the host campus.
SIS Grad Service Learning / Student Leadership The JIS editorial process allows students to participate in peer mentorship, publicize research, and improve professional skills.
SIS Grad Service Learning / Student Leadership The GSC serves as the representative body to meet the needs of all AU SIS Graduate Students.
SIS Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership The Council liaises with SIS students and faculty to advocate for and establish programs for the SIS student body.
Skills Institutes SIS Grad Career Readiness These weekend-long intensive workshops introduce students to professional skills relevant to careers in international affairs.
Practica SIS Grad Career Readiness Students spend one semester working in teams to conduct policy and program analyses for external clients.
Internships SIS Undergrad Career Readiness Students can gain hands-on experience at a local organization through for-credit internships.
IAPA Integrated Policy Expertise SIS Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven In this capstone course, students create a portfolio of deliverables organized around a modern problem in international affairs.
Applied Substantial Research Paper SIS Grad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This independent research project allows students to integrate and apply knowledge from the field into a scholarly project.
Undergraduate Research Course Sequence SIS Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven The methods & methodology course sequence gives students essential research skills to empower them to conduct their own research.

Graduation

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