Communication and English, The American University of Rome, Roma/ Italy

B.A. Communication with concentration in Intercultural Communications

Students have the opportunity to gain expertise in a variety of media and communication areas by completing specific core courses and then selecting a specific concentration of courses to focus on, either i) Intercultural Communication Studies or ii) Writing for the Media.


Students have the opportunity to gain expertise in a variety of media and communication areas by completing specific core courses and then selecting a specific concentration of courses to focus on, either i) Intercultural Communication Studies or ii) Writing for the Media. Students have the option of not choosing a specific concentration and to follow a general Communication curriculum designed in consultation with their advisor.

The aim of the curriculum is to prepare students, through a progression of both theoretical and practical courses, for international careers in any of the above specializations.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication may go on to graduate studies, or pursue careers in both the public and private sectors of employment: private industries, multinational corporations; nongovernmental, federal and international agencies; the news media or film and television industries.

In the BA in Communication, students engage in theoretical and practical study of the mass media, journalism, writing for the media, intercultural communication and other related topics. Students have the flexibility to choose the concentration in Intercultural Communication Studies or in Writing for the Media or they may create their own focus from the range of courses offered by the department.

Program Objectives

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication instills in its students:

  • Excellent writing skills, whether expository, analytical, creative, or journalistic.
  • Highly developed conceptual analysis and critical thinking skills.
  • The training and practice required to use the appropriate tools and technology of media production, as well as develop their information literacy skills.
  • Full awareness of the laws and ethical guidelines that govern the media and its practitioners.
  • The preparation to work and operate successfully in a global environment characterized by diversity and intercultural understanding and respect.
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Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling Admission, February 15, October 1, March 30
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13940 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 13940 Year (Non-EEA)

Additional fees and expenses include optional housing, optional meal plan, local transportation, books and supplies, health insurance (for non-EU students), and other miscellaneous fees.

Start date Any time  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 48  months
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  • English
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 37-credit General Education requirement, a 39-credit major and 44 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale and earn at least a C grade (2.00) in every core course (21 credits).

The General Education Requirements

  1. Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
  2. The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
  3. United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
  4. Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog

Core Courses

  • COM 100 Introduction to Mass Media
  • COM 101 Mass Communication and Society
  • COM 103 Introduction to Journalism
  • CIN 200 Survey of Film History
  • COM 305 Media Law and Ethics
  • COM 498 Capstone Senior Project
  • COM 499 Capstone Senior Project

Communication Electives

Students may take a broad program of study which draws upon a selection of the courses from a list in the catalog or they may focus their Communication electives by taking a Concentration of 18 credits. A minimum of three upper-level courses must be taken.

Intercultural Communication Studies Concentration

  • Required course COM 219 Intercultural communication plus 5 from a list in the Catalog.

Writing for the Media Concentration

  • Required course COM 213 Writing Across the Media plus five from a list in the Catalog.

Free Electives

  • Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas.

Dual degree with the Università degli Studi di Macerata

Students with a European high school credential (Italian Maturità, British A-levels, German Arbitur, for example) or the International Baccalaureate who complete the B.A. in Communication may also obtain a Laurea Triennale (Italian undergraduate degree) in Scienze della Comunicazione from the Università degli Studi di Macerata by following specific requirements described in the section Dual Degree in the Catalog.

English Language Requirements

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Admission to The American University of Rome is selective. Candidates for admission to the University are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Students are selected without regard to age, race, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin or handicap. Requests for financial aid do not affect decisions on admission.

Candidates for admission must show evidence they have completed or anticipate completing a level of education equivalent to four years of high school.

Required Documents

Applicants from high school or a secondary school are required to submit:

  • A completed application form accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of 50
  • An official transcript of high school work
  • One academic recommendation from the principal, a guidance counselor, teacher or professor
  • Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). Results of the SAT or the ACT examinations are only required for high school students graduating from a U.S. high school system, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Official TOEFL score or another English language proficiency exam for applicants whose native language is not English
  • 500-word statement
  • 250-word essay on one of three topics
  • Interview

AUR requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and a combined SAT total score of 1500 or 21 on the ACT. However each applicant is reviewed individually. Leadership, motivation, academic improvement, the level of the high school programs difficulty, involvement in activities and potential for growth are important considerations in the application review process.

All documents must be original and sent from their original source (i.e. ETS Center, College Board, the high school/university and teacher/professor/counselor).

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from TOEFL or another English language proficiency examination. The proficiency examination requirement may be waived for applicants who complete their secondary education at English-speaking institutions. The American University of Rome TOEFL institutional code for reporting purposes is 0579. AUR accepts a score of 557 on the written exam, 233 on the computer based exam and 90 on the inter¬net based exam. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained at

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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