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American University Catalog 2016-2017 
American University Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American University Catalog 2016-2017

2015-16 Catalog Cover

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 2016 for Academic Year 2016-2017.


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

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 (collectively “Protected Bases”). For information, contact the dean of students (, assistant vice president of human resources (, or dean of academic affairs (; 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
Doug McKenna, 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
Carmen Cain, Curriculum Services Coordinator
Alison Hale, Degree Audit Coordinator