American University - Washington, DC - College of Arts and Sciences

Introduction

Dean's Welcome

CAS Dean Peter Starr

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University offers you a challenging liberal arts education within a vibrant and diverse community of students from all 50 states and 150 countries.

The College of Arts and Sciences faculty includes nationally and internationally noted artists, scholars, and teachers committed to innovative approaches to instruction and excellence in research and creative endeavors. Every year, world leaders, distinguished scholars from other institutions, and well-known practitioners in their fields come to campus to encourage open debate on current issues and to expose students to cutting-edge developments in their fields.

Whether you choose an established undergraduate major or field of graduate study or design your own interdisciplinary degree, you will engage in serious intellectual inquiry in the classroom. You will benefit from the wide range of internships and community service activities in the arts, education, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences in Washington, D.C., and have the opportunity—on your own or in collaboration with a member of the faculty—to participate in research and creative endeavors as well as in the many clubs, student activities, and service organizations on the AU campus.

Your experiences inside and outside of the classroom will create the broad vision and understanding you will need to be successful in your future career and to become an educated and responsible citizen of the world.

Mission & Facts

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, the arts, and service to its local, national, and international communities.

The college provides a rich education in the liberal arts and sciences for all of American University's undergraduate students, offering challenging programs of study for its undergraduate and graduate majors; and fosters outstanding research, practice, and creative activity.

The college is committed to the core purposes of liberal education: promoting free and rational discourse, fostering an understanding of the diversity of human experience, providing the critical intellectual skills necessary to navigate a rapidly changing world, and integrating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

History

A global outlook, practical idealism, a passion for public service: They're part of American University today, and they were in the air in 1893, when AU was chartered by Congress. George Washington had dreamed of a "national university" in the nation's capital. But it took John Fletcher Hurst to found a university that, in many ways, embodies that dream.

President Woodrow Wilson officially dedicated the university on May 27, 1914 and the first graduate students were admitted. The College of Liberal Arts was established in 1925, with the first 75 undergraduate students admitted that fall.

Throughout the history of American University, the College of Arts and Sciences has changed its name several times. At first known as the "College of Liberal Arts," the name was changed to the "College of Arts and Sciences" in 1939. For a brief period it was known simply as the "Undergraduate College" until the name was converted back to the "College of Arts and Sciences" in 1956.

The largest school or college at American University, the College of Arts and Sciences currently has 2,931 students, 339 full-time faculty, and more than 150 degrees offered. While the College is continually growing, the commitment to promoting free and rational discourse, fostering an understanding of the diversity of human experience, providing the critical intellectual skills necessary to navigate a rapidly changing world, and integrating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries never changes.

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Programs

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MA

MA in Economics

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2018 USA District of Columbia

The economics master's degree program is an applied, policy-oriented program that offers five different tracks which master's students can pursue: general, development economics, gender analysis in economics, financial economic policy, and applied economics (online only). [+]

The Department of Economics offers a master's program with five distinctive tracks, a faculty that combines high-quality teaching and an interest in economic policy with serious scholarship, and the special rewards of studying economics in Washington, D.C.

The economics master's degree program is an applied, policy-oriented program that offers five different tracks which master's students can pursue: general, development economics, gender analysis in economics, financial economic policy, and applied economics (online only).

The department has an especially rich offering of courses that deal with global economic issues. Most of our faculty have carried out research or taught in other countries and bring that experience to the classroom.... [-]


MA in History

Campus Full time September 2018 USA District of Columbia

The history master’s degree program stresses broad understandings of the past, the development of the capacity for specialized research, and the cultivation of collegial relationships. [+]

The history master’s degree program stresses broad understandings of the past, the development of the capacity for specialized research, and the cultivation of collegial relationships. History MA students may concentrate on American history, modern European history, or public history and develop minor fields of study (outside fields), as well as (major or minor) cross-national and cross-disciplinary fields.

Department of History faculty offer course work and guidance in political history, social and cultural history, diplomatic history, history of gender and sexuality, comparative history, history of imperialism and post-colonialism, intellectual history, history of medicine, African-American culture and history, ethnic history, and public history. The Department of History is flexible in its approach to graduate work. Students are encouraged to take initiative and responsibility for shaping their programs and fulfilling program requirements. The department emphasizes close consultation between student and advisor in defining fields of study, tools of research, and other features of a particular program. Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of Washington, D.C., resources to complement course work.... [-]


MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies

Campus Full time September 2018 USA District of Columbia

The MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University offers customized tracks to allow students to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as expertise in translation, linguistics, and/or Spanish language teaching. [+]

The MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University offers customized tracks to allow students to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as expertise in translation, linguistics, and/or Spanish language teaching.

Master's students select courses as part of a 21-credit core curriculum that provides a strong foundation for the study of the cultural, historical, linguistic, and political complexity of the region. All core courses are taught entirely in Spanish. In addition to the core seminars, the Spanish: Latin American Studies master's program offers three 12-15 credit tracks that provide valuable training and professional skills for Latin American specialists:... [-]


MA in TESOL

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA District of Columbia

The TESOL master's program prepares students for teaching both domestically and abroad in higher and adult education, in private language schools, and in K-12 settings, where state certification is not required. [+]

The TESOL master's program prepares students for teaching both domestically and abroad in higher and adult education, in private language schools, and in K-12 settings, where state certification is not required.

American University’s TESOL master's program offers a distinctive blend of theory and practice that enables graduate students to apply foundational concepts in the discipline to practical teaching experience. The program places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, with graduate students planning lessons, observing classes and teaching or tutoring ESL students in a variety of contexts from the outset of the program.

LEARN FROM LEADING FACULTY EXPERTS

TESOL faculty members draw on their extensive and diverse teaching experiences, knowledge of contemporary research, and intercultural expertise to provide students with the necessary academic and practical knowledge to become successful professionals in the TESOL field. The program emphasizes a communicative approach to language teaching, offers a wide range of courses and focuses on authentic teaching activities.... [-]


MSc

MS in Professional Science: Biostatistics

Campus Full time September 2018 USA District of Columbia

The MS degree program combines rigorous study in the science of biostatistics applied to medical and health problem solving, with coursework in workforce skills such as management of health policies, big data, medical research, and entrepreneurship projects. [+]

American University's master's degree in biostatistics prepares students for direct entry into a variety of career opportunities in the health and medical fields.

The MS degree program combines rigorous study in the science of biostatistics applied to medical and health problem solving, with coursework in workforce skills such as management of health policies, big data, medical research, and entrepreneurship projects.

Students gain experience through:

biostatistics and statistics core courses, statistics and biology elective courses, management and business courses, and a capstone project and internship.

Furthermore, students tailor their course of study depending on their interests and career goals by selecting one of three specialization tracks: health policy, computational, or management.... [-]


MS in Professional Science: Biotechnology

Campus Full time September 2018 USA District of Columbia

American University's master's degree in biotechnology combines course work in genomics and business with the option of pursuing study in neuroscience, entrepreneurship, and other professional science specialties. [+]

American University's master's degree in biotechnology combines course work in genomics and business with the option of pursuing study in neuroscience, entrepreneurship, and other professional science specialties. The curriculum provides students with the tools necessary for careers in:

Biotechnology Industry Genome Research Institutions Government Regulatory Agencies

Students gain core competencies in statistics and research methods while mastering content in genomics, proteomics, neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, management, and entrepreneurship. Students will tailor their course of study depending on their interests and career goals.

The program allows for hands on experience with an internship and research capstone. Students will also have the opportunity to translate their scientific ideas into a business venture. Graduates of the program will have gained the knowledge and skills to be innovators within the professional science workforce. ... [-]


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American University College of Arts and Sciences

Address 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
20016 District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., USA
Website http://www.american.edu/cas/
Phone +1 202-885-1000