American University Catalog 2020-2021
American University Catalog 2020-2021
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 2020 for Academic Year 2020-2021.
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, 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 ensuring that all aspects of our educational programs will be delivered to our students. These may include 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. 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. In the event of an emergency, 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, as well as contact their faculty and/or respective dean’s office for course and school/college-specific information.
Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) against any AU Community Member on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information, or any other bases under federal or local laws. For information, contact the dean of students (email@example.com), assistant vice president of human resources (firstname.lastname@example.org), or dean of academic affairs (email@example.com); or American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016; 202-885-1000.
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 Degree Audit
Rebecca Groff, Degree Audit Coordinator