American University

Academics at American University

Education at American University is rooted in a deep commitment to academic rigor and real-world preparation. Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to create a curriculum that challenges students to combine serious theoretical study with meaningful real-world learning experiences. The 12:1 student to teacher ratio places American far below the national average, providing students with an uniquely individualized experience.



Best National University

U.S. News & World Report, 2018

/ Courses


  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics: Information and Security Specialization
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Economics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Data Science

Nursing, Health, Care and Sociology

  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion Management
  • Health Promotion

Liberal Arts

  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Art History
  • Bilingual Education
  • Education Policy and Leadership
  • International Training and Education (ITEP)
  • Public Administration
  • Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government
  • Film and Media Arts
  • Foreign Language and Communication Media
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Language and Area Studies: French/Europe
  • Language and Area Studies: German/Europe
  • Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies
  • Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish Studies
  • Undecided
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arab World Studies
  • Arabic Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Communication Studies

Music, Theater and the Arts

  • Art History
  • Audio Production
  • Audio Technology
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Performing Arts: Musical Theater
  • Performing Arts: Theater
  • Studio Art

Business, Finance and Economics

  • Taxation
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration: Accounting
  • Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
  • Business Administration: Information Systems and Technology
  • Business Administration: International Business
  • Business Administration: Management
  • Business Administration: Marketing
  • Business and Entertainment
  • Business, Language, and Culture Studies
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Economics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Real Estate


  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Engineering and IT

  • Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science

Law, International Relations and Politics

  • Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG
  • International Studies
  • Justice and Law
  • Legal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy

Architecture, Art and Design

  • Graphic Design

Life at American University

We’re an intimate community within an urban setting, where the stunning sights of our city are never far from view. Washington D.C. serves as a laboratory of learning for over 13,000 students. 250 clubs and student organizations, 30 on-campus and off-campus eateries and 9 different student-run media organizations are just some of the many draws for incoming undergraduates. There’s something for everyone at American.

About Washington, D.C.


Student-Led Organizations

/ Explore Washington, D.C.

Check out the largest library in the world. There are more than 160,000 objects in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Get out of the city and into the sunshine. Just outside the immediate metro area there are hiking, camping and boating opportunities in multiple state and national parks.
Monuments, monuments, monuments. Take in the scenery from the Lincoln Memorial before catching a show at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

" I came to American University for several reasons. I think Washington D.C. is a great city. There is so much great beauty here, and great museums. There are a lot of opportunities for finding internships, or communicating with native English speakers. "

- Kevin, China

Careers at American University

Building your career begins with your academic experience. American University offers a myriad of services to help you with every aspect of job preparation, from honing your interview skills at peer advisor workshops to attending networking receptions where you might just find your next opportunity. Your experience studying at American will prepare you for a long and successful career.


of Recent AU Graduates were Employed, Enrolled in Graduate School, or Both within Six Months of Graduation

AU Graduation Census, 2017


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