For more than 100 years AU, a four-year, liberal-arts university, has prepared students to make significant contributions to their communities and the world. Whether you study communication, business, arts and sciences, education, public affairs, or international studies, you'll learn how to shape the world, so you will make a difference. AU's diverse community comes from 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, 3 U.S. Territories, and more than 140 countries. Our faculty bring the real world into their classrooms and show you how to turn theory into practice. With Washington, D.C., as our home base, AU offers the best of both worlds: A beautiful 84-acre residential campus just a 15-minute Metro (subway) ride away from downtown. The campus shuttle provides regular free service to the AU/Tenleytown Metro stop.
Classes are offered on a semester basis and are taught by senior-level faculty members. While AU is an experiential-learning school offering over 500 cooperative education or internship options and over 52 undergraduate majors, students receive personalized attention in small classes. Five undergraduate schools and colleges make up the University. The College of Arts and Sciences offers the B.F.A. (fine arts), and B.A. or B.S. in the arts and performing arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences through 21 departments and the School of Education. The School of International Service offers the B.A. in international studies, and language and area studies. The School of Public Affairs offers the B.A. in justice, law and society, political science, and CLEG, an interdisciplinary program that combines communication, law, economics, and government. The School of Communication offers the B.A. in broadcast or print journalism, public communication, visual media and multimedia design and development. The Kogod School of Business offers the B.S.B.A. in business administration with 14 areas of specialization.
The faculty of American University is composed of highly accomplished, award-winning experts in a vast array of fields. In every area of endeavor, AU faculty members are actively engaged in employing their professional energies to address significant questions confronting the world's peoples and cultures. Such expertise makes the AU classroom an exciting and rich environment for learning.