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    Oct 01, 2020  
American University Catalog 2017-2018 
American University Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

KSB General Information

Departments and Centers

The Kogod School of Business  is made up of six departments: Accounting and Taxation, Finance and Real Estate, International Business, Information Technology and Analytics, Management, and Marketing. The Accounting and Taxation Department oversees the instruction of all courses pertaining to accounting, taxation, and business law. The Department of Finance and Real Estate provides courses in finance, financial institutions, managerial economics, and real estate. The Department of International Business offers a variety of international courses that cover all of the business disciplines, including marketing, human resources management, finance, accounting, and trade. The Department of Information Technology and Analytics provides instruction in information technology, with particular emphasis on the global dimensions of technology, as well as production/operations management, statistics, strategies for information technology development and use, and management of information technology resources. The Management Department provides instruction in the areas of human resources, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, strategy, business and entertainment, corporate ethics, sustainability management, and global business citizenship. The Department of Marketing teaches courses in consumer behavior, research, advertising and promotion, marketing strategy development, and technology based marketing.

The Kogod School of Business Tax Policy Center promotes independent research and expands knowledge with respect to tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Center focuses on key problems with the nation’s tax laws that can create burdens and inequities for these taxpayers; develops and analyzes proposed solutions; and promotes dialogue that aims to inform policymakers, the public, the press, and tax practitioners about a range of complex tax issues impacting small businesses. The Tax Center’s leadership staff, including the Executive Director and the Managing Director, regularly testify before Congress and advise Congressional staff on small business tax matters.

The mission of the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital is to develop and leverage innovation and entrepreneurship through training, application and research. The Center fulfills the school’s brand promise to support business in the capital by leveraging the University’s intellectual, social and financial capital. The Center will engage experts across D.C. and the nation to train our stakeholders to lead their industries and communities. It will help activate a new generation of leaders inside and beyond the capital region.

The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center promotes multidisciplinary research that is relevant to the ongoing challenges of enterprise cyber risk management and governance. We seek to develop new knowledge and guidance on managing cybersecurity risks by combining the intellectual capital of American University with that of partner organizations.

The Center for the Study of Business in the Capital conducts research and accelerates collaboration around the important issues facing the City and the Capital region. The Center convenes business, civic, and political leaders to implement policy, regulatory, and economic actions for all stakeholders.

Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD)

Given the unique professional development needs of business students, Kogod has its own career center which provides comprehensive career services to all Kogod students. The KCCD hosts a wide range of employers for on-campus recruiting and coordinates NYC industry trips each fall (Finance/Real Estate) and spring (Marketing/Communication). Through cutting edge online resources and a knowledgeable staff, KCCD provides students 24/7 career support ranging from identifying an area of interest to identifying potential employers. Professional and student staff provide customized one-on-one advising, workshops, and mock interviews to ensure students are successful not only in their initial internship and job searches, but in their lifelong career management as well. Throughout the year, KCCD hosts Industry Days that bring working professionals, hiring managers, alumni and students together for educational and hiring purposes. These Industry Days include Accounting/Finance, Consulting, IT, Marketing, International Business, the Business of Entertainment as well as The Kogod Network. More information about KCCD is available at:

Kogod Student Involvement

At Kogod, the belief is that education should extend beyond the classroom to include experiential learning that will enhance students’ intellectual development, leadership ability, communication skills, and professional self-confidence. To that end, activities that allow undergraduates and graduates to learn valuable skills in real world settings are developed and supported. Information on programs as well as student clubs and organizations is available at:

Special Programs

Kogod hosts several opportunities for students to build their skills. Examples include:

The Case Competition is the annual signature event hosted by the Kogod School of Business for all graduate and undergraduate students. Case competitions are an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their communication skills, case analysis, presentation style, and problem-solving techniques. Students work in teams to analyze a business case and present their findings to area business leaders and alumni who serve as judges.

The Kogod Peer Learning and Kogod Ambassador Program provides undergraduate students with meaningful opportunities to develop leadership skills through an annual leadership retreat. The organization emphasizes personal responsibility, integrity, and professional development. 

The Washington Initiative is a service learning program that provides Kogod undergraduates with volunteer opportunities to work on substantial business projects at local non-profits and charitable agencies while earning academic credit. The program challenges students to examine their beliefs and values about business, ethics, and civic responsibility by applying business practices to the community’s needs.

The Road Scholars program exposes undergraduate students to the study of business and leadership through organized study and travel to a different destination each year. Through site visits, networking events, and workshops, students experience diverse industries firsthand.

The Making a Difference is Our Business program supports and coordinates projects each semester to provide graduate students with the opportunity to work with fellow students on service projects.

Global Learning Programs

One of Kogod’s core philosophies is that students who have spent time in diverse locations are better prepared to manage and communicate in cross-cultural settings and compete in a global environment. To complete this critical piece of their business education, students can choose from programs of various lengths in more than 100 locations worldwide, including over 30 accredited business programs in nearly 20 countries.

Kogod undergraduate students can pursue a range of global learning opportunities, including semester, summer or year-long study abroad programs, intern abroad programs, and intensive short-term courses focused on a specific economy or region of the world. While abroad, students can earn core or elective credits toward their degree requirements.

Kogod graduate students can choose from several short-term immersive programs, offered in major European business centers as well as emerging economies. Kogod also offers semester abroad opportunities for graduate students. Business Administration (MBA): Professional  students participate in an integrated international experience, and all students enrolled in the Business Administration (MBA): Full-time  complete a Global Consulting project.

Business Honorary Society

The school recognizes the academic, professional, and personal achievement of enrolled students through membership in Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS). BGS is the highest academic recognition for outstanding students from an AACSB accredited undergraduate or graduate business program. Eligible students are invited to membership every spring.

Kogod Honors

The Kogod Honors  program is designed for our most talented and ambitious students who desire to make a substantive impact in the world. Students in the program take honors designated courses from a selection of our required core courses that have substantively more depth and are designed to develop a professional mindset, creative problem solving and analytical thinking. Additionally, Honors students participate in extra-curricular programming that helps them enhance their leadership skills.