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College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers numerous majors and minors in the arts, education, humanities, sciences and social sciences as well as premedical and prelaw programs. This liberal arts curriculum is designed not only to impart knowledge, but to build the intellectual skills necessary to be successful in any field.
Kogod School of Business
The Kogod School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with the option to specialize in one of several business disciplines: Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Information Systems and Technology (IST), International Business, International Finance, International Management, International Marketing, Management, Marketing and Real Estate. Kogod also offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Language and Culture Studies for those students whose passion for language rivals their passion for business. Kogod's Business and Music (BAM) degree prepares students for a career in the for-profit music sector.
School of Communication
The School of Communication offers five majors: Communication Studies (BA), Journalism (BA), Public Communication (BA), Film and Media Arts (BA) and Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA).
School of International Service
The School of International Service (SIS) offers a major in International Studies (BA) and interdisciplinary degrees in Language and Area Studies (BA). SIS majors combine idealism and pragmatism with a strong sense of community. The school's distinguished faculty is noted for its academic diversity and professional experience in the United States and abroad.
School of Public Affairs
The School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers majors in Justice (BA), Law and Society (BA) and Political Science (BA). The school also offers the interdisciplinary CLEG major, consisting of Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (BA). There is one consistent theme in these programs: academic study combined with practical experience and a focus on internships and opportunities to participate in special programs. You will work and study with others involved in campus organizations, student government, neighborhood outreach projects and political campaigns.
University Honors Program
The University Honors Program invites the top 15 percent of admitted freshmen and selected transfers to participate each year. The program is characterized by small seminars, individual attention from faculty, unique access to the resources of Washington, D.C., individualized Honors advising, preparation and support for national scholarship competitions, an opportunity to live on an Honors floor in a residence hall and the special atmosphere of a community of committed faculty and students.
American University exploits its Washington, D.C., location—that facilitates a strong faculty, prestigious guest lecturers, and “a wealth of internship opportunities”—to offer “incredibly strong programs” in political science and international relations. “The poli-sci kids are all going to be president one day, and the international studies ones are all going to save the world,” a student insists. The school of communication also excels, and the school works hard to accommodate “interdisciplinary majors and the opportunities associated with studying them,” which include “taking advantage of the resources of the city. The school values learning out of the classroom as much as learning in the classroom.” As you might expect from a school with a strong international relations program, “AU’s study abroad program is one of the best.” Although AU “does not have the automatically recognizable prestige of nearby Georgetown,” that’s not necessarily a drawback; on the contrary, “the administration and professors go out of their way to ensure a great academic experience,” in part because the school is trying to “climb in the rankings and gain recognition as one of the nation’s top universities.” However, some concede, “The university could improve programs in other fields, aside from its specialties in international studies, public affairs, business, and communication.”