B.A. in Journalism and Communications
This undergraduate journalism program uniquely combines an education in politics and culture studies with modern journalistic skills and practices. Students become specialists in media and news literacy, and they build proficiency in reporting and publicity on the platform of domestic and foreign policy, society, and culture.
This Journalism and Communications bachelor’s program emphasizes media environments where technologies, languages, and cultures converge. Technologies that enable real-time communications across national borders are changing the character of professional journalism. In the age of social media, journalism is seeing new challenges and new forms of complexity.
Students actively develop an advanced level of written and spoken English as they complete courses that involve individual and teamwork exercises in reporting, editorial design, video editing, and production, digital photography, and web content development.
Graduates of the Journalism and Communications bachelor's program can expect to:
- Possess competency in print and web media, including web page development, video editing, podcasting, digital photography, as well as reporting, editorial design, and in-depth investigative journalism.
- Have an actionable knowledge of journalism’s role in democratic governments, societies cultures, and the arts.
- Be familiar with multiple editorial and reporting processes and strategies.
- Apply advanced English speaking and writing skills for specific, public audiences from various cultural backgrounds.
- Understand and uphold civic responsibility, identify social and ethical problems, and resourcefully structure debate with respect to civil society, colleagues, and opponents.
The B.A. in Journalism and Communications is a full-time study program.
Full-time: Study and advancement are based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
- 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
- 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per A.A.U.'s accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.
Our graduates are prepared for success in cultural management, reporting, or diplomacy, humanitarian government and nonprofit organizations, education, social research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills in intercultural communication, psychology, and sociological concepts in any field they choose to pursue.
Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.
Access to Master’s Studies
A.A.U. graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
- Intro to Reporting 1 (News)
- Intro to Reporting 2 (Features)
- New Editing & Ethics in an Age of Instant News
- Documentary Photography
- Broadcast News and Video Prod
- “Genres in Journalism”
- Intercultural Communications
- Popular Culture & Media Theory
- Media Impact in New Europe
- Media in a Democracy
- Visual Culture
- History of Media/Broadcasting
- International Media (fulfills genres requirement)
- Cultural Reporting (fulfills genres requirement)
- International Reporting (fulfills genres requirement)
- International Journalism (fulfills genres requirement)
- Feature Writing (fulfills genres requirement)
- Foreign Reporting (fulfills genres requirement)
- Creative Writing
- Propaganda & Information
- Surveillance & Society
- Digital Audio Tools
- Digital Photography
- Language & Power
- Documentary Film Seminar
- Public Relations & Media