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American University Academics

American University requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

American University does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit. Additionally, American University has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 100% of students who started college at American University complete all the credits required within six years.

American University offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Are Required at American University?

American University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a lanuage requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at American University

When choosing a major, American University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at American University below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. American University does not require a senior project for all students.

Does American University Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

American University offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does American University Have An Online Program?

American University has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does American University Offer AP Credit?

American University offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does American University Have An Honors Program?

American University offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does American University Require Internships?

American University does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

American University has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at American University include: - an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus - an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

Dual Degree Programs at American University

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

American University offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with University of Maryland and College Park

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American University Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Russian Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Women's Studies
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Political Communication
International and Intercultural Communication
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Recording Arts Technology/Technician
Computer Science
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Multicultural Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
International and Comparative Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Language Interpretation and Translation
Spanish Language and Literature
Arabic Language and Literature
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Legal Studies, General
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
International Law and Legal Studies
Intellectual Property Law
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Creative Writing
General Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Computational Science
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Applied and Professional Ethics
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Clinical Psychology
Health/Medical Psychology
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Homeland Security
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Medical Anthropology
Economics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Development Economics and International Development
International Economics
Economics, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Social Sciences, Other
Graphic Design
Game and Interactive Media Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Musical Theatre
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General
Public Health Education and Promotion
Business Administration and Management, General
Project Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Real Estate
History, General

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