Dean Sam Fulwood's Welcome Message
Greetings from American University’s School of Communication (SOC), where we are changemakers who believe in the power of storytelling to influence and empower a multicultural and democratic society.
What we are doing in SOC is needed at this momentous time in our nation’s history, a point of rapid social, economic and technological change. Our undergraduate and graduate students arrive on our campus, attracted from around the globe by the world-class scholars and media professionals whose expertise spans the communication industries, including journalism, film & media arts, and public communications. Our Ph.D scholars are noted for their exceptional expertise in communication and media research and theoretical approaches with real-world implications.
Students may choose from four degree-granting academic divisions - Public Communication, Film & Media Arts, Journalism, and Communication Studies. Additionally, our academic and research centers include, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Investigative Reporting Workshop, Center for Media & Social Impact, Internet Governance Lab, the AU Game Lab, and Current, the nonprofit news service for and about U.S. public media.
Our beautiful campus, located in Washington, D.C., is a giant arboretum located at the heart of the most powerful and influential city in the world. This is the perfect launching pad for students seeking a career with impact and influence to meet the challenges of a changing world.
Upon graduation, you will join an expanding alumni network of more than 12,000 SOC alumni who are important communication industry leaders. They wield national and international influence, working at online media outlets, television stations, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, newsletters, public relations firms and corporate and government public relations departments. They produce award-winning feature films and socially significant documentaries. And, yes, I’m proud to say, some of them remain right here in McKinley Building teaching and preparing the next generation of media influencers and entrepreneurs.
As dean of this amazing school, I want you to join us in a grand adventure to change the world for the better. Please look over this website. Plan to visit us and see what we offer - up close and in person. I’m convinced that close scrutiny will convince you that American University and the School of Communication is just the place to make you and your ambitions soar. Or, as I like to say . . .
Eagles Fly High!
Sam Fulwood III