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    Mar 03, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

University Profile

American University (AU) is a student-centered research institution driven to make a difference. AU distinguishes itself through rigorous academics, a strategic location in Washington, DC, and its changemaking community that steps up, shows up, and says, “challenge accepted” to the issues that matter most to them and the world.

The AU community of diverse thought, origins, interests, and talents is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion that drives continuous progress through inclusive policies and transformative outcomes with learning and scholarship that contributes to society and addresses racism in its many forms. The student body of more than 14,000 reflects the university’s global perspective with representatives from 110 countries and 50 states as well as DC, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

As innovative as the community that calls it home, AU’s carbon-neutral campus (an 84-acre accredited arboretum) includes the new Hall of Science and the Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building among its 11 LEED-certified buildings, university library, administrative and academic buildings, 10 residence halls, an interdenominational religious center, a sports center, and a museum. Facilities encompass 24-hour computer laboratories, radio and TV studios, science laboratories, makerspaces, art studios, recital halls, and a theatre. WCL is located on the Tenley Campus less than one mile from main campus.

This catalog provides information on the university’s degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the Washington Semester, AU Gap, and other nondegree programs with specific requirements. AU offers 74 bachelor’s programs, 82 master’s programs, and 11 doctoral programs, through eight of its nine major divisions: College of Arts and Sciences ; Kogod School of Business School of Communication School of Education School of International Service School of Public Affairs Office of Global & Immersive Studies ; and Office of Graduate & Professional Studies . The JD, LLM, MLS, and SJD programs of AU’s Washington College of Law  are detailed separately in the Washington College of Law Catalog.

Bachelor’s programs are typically completed in four years. Undergraduate students choose personalized and multidisciplinary curriculums that focus on experiential learning, theoretical study, and twenty-first-century skill building taught by faculty that includes renowned experts, scholars, and researchers in public affairs, law, history, economics, business, international relations, education, science, communication, and the arts. In addition to more than 900 full-time faculty members, AU draws adjunct faculty from Washington, DC’s professional community of policymakers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and business leaders. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 21 (undergraduate) and 17 (graduate), students benefit from personalized attention and one-on-one mentorships as they develop deep connections with these thought leaders, award-winning scholars, and committed teachers.