American University Catalog 2021-2022
American University Catalog 2021-2022
The American University Catalog is published annually, and this edition includes the undergraduate and graduate regulations, university policies, academic programs of study, and approved courses effective Fall 2021 for Academic Year 2021-2022.
Limitations on Catalog Provisions
American University reserves the right to amend the policies and information contained in the University Catalog from time to time, with or without notice. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the most current information regarding programs of study, courses, and related university policies and to comply with applicable requirements. For assistance with understanding university policies and procedures, please contact the Office of the University Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of an emergency or other disruption of normal campus operations, American University will implement a plan for meeting the needs of all members of the university community. Should the university be required to close for a period of time, we are committed to implementing actions to deliver our educational programs to our students. These actions may include for example altering and extending the duration of the traditional term schedule to complete essential instruction in the traditional format and/or use of distance instructional methods. Specific strategies will vary from class to class, depending on the format of the course and the timing of the emergency or other disruption of normal campus operations. Faculty will communicate class-specific information to students via AU e-mail and Blackboard, while students must inform their faculty immediately of any absence. Students are responsible for checking their AU e-mail regularly and keeping themselves informed of emergencies or other disruptions of normal campus operations. In the event of an emergency or other disruption of normal campus operations, students should refer to the AU Student Portal, the AU Web site (www.prepared.american.edu) and the AU information line at (202) 885-1100 for general university-wide information, and contact their faculty and/or respective dean’s office for course and school/college-specific information.
American University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, source of income, place of residence or business, veteran status, or any other bases under federal or local laws in its programs and activities, including employment and admission. The university also expressly prohibits any form of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and stalking. For information, contact the assistant vice president and Title IX coordinator (email@example.com, 202-885-8080) at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
Responsibility for Personal Property
Faculty, students, staff, and guests (“AU Community Members”) are responsible for their personal property. The university does not insure the personal property of any AU Community Member. The university has no responsibility for any theft, damage, destruction, loss, etc., of any personal property, including but not limited to money, valuables, equipment, or any personal property whatsoever belonging to or in the custody of the AU Community Member, whether caused by intentional or negligent act or failure to act or natural causes, fire, or other casualty. The university is not liable for the failure or interruption of utilities or from conditions resulting from failure or interruption of the same. AU Community Members are advised to carry an insurance policy for their personal property.
American University Catalog is published by the Office of the University Registrar:
Juanita Womack, University Registrar
Michael W. Giese, Associate Registrar for Catalog and Curriculum/Editor
Mary-Ellen Jones, Assistant Registrar for Curriculum
Elizabeth O’Connor, Assistant Registrar for Catalog and Degree Audit
Rebecca Groff, Degree Audit Coordinator