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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MSc

MS in Professional Science: Biostatistics

Campus Full time September 2017 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. Employment opportunities for graduates of this program are plentiful. Students are prepared for positions with public health organizations, government policy agencies, medical research institutions, big data research centers, genome research institutions, census and health record centers, public and private hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical software companies, medical device manufactures, environmental companies, insurance companies, consulting firms, international health organizations, and more. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 33 credit hours of approved graduate coursework Capstone Experience: 6 credit hours in 600-level or above courses approved by faculty advisor, with grades of B or better Students participate in noncredit workshops and seminars on professional skills and current issues in science and technology. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in these areas as part of the capstone project, internship, and compulsory presentation. [-]

MS in Professional Science: Biotechnology

Campus Full time September 2017 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. Admission to the Program In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have taken undergraduate science courses appropriate to the concentration, or have significant practical background in a relevant science area. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. Specific courses needed to prepare for entering the program will be identified through interviews with the applicant. Degree Requirements 36 credit hours of approved graduate work Capstone Experience: 6 credit hours in 600-level courses as approved by a faculty advisor, with grades of B or better Students participate in noncredit workshops and seminars on professional skills and current issues in science and technology. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in these areas as part of the capstone project, internship, and compulsory presentation. [-]

MA

MA in Economics

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 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. The Department of Economics master's course work is designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies, congressional committees, financial institutions, economic consulting firms, think tanks, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations among other institutions, both nationally and abroad. Alumni often secure full-time employment with organizations where they had internships or part-time employment while students. This economics MA degree program offers students: Concentrated faculty strength in major applied fields of economics and a policy-oriented curriculum Faculty with linkages to think tanks, research institutes, and international organizations around the globe State-of-the-art statistical software commonly used in applied economics research A Washington, D.C., location that provides access to an extraordinary array of professional opportunities for trained economists Most graduate level courses are offered in the evening and the master's degree can be completed in either full-time or part-time status. TRACKS Applied Economics (Online Degree Only) Development Economics Gender Analysis in Economics Financial Economic Policy General Track Admission to the Program Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission is based on the academic record and two letters of recommendation. In general, a B+ average in undergraduate or previous graduate coursework is required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. Admission is not automatic for students who qualify and may be limited by programmatic constraints. A student whose undergraduate background does not meet the standards for admission may be considered for admission after completing 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework in nondegree status with a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). ECON-600, ECON-601, and ECON-605 must be taken within these 12 hours. An online track in applied economics (see requirements below) will be available beginning May 2014. Switching between the online applied economics and the other MA tracks is not permitted. [-]

MA in History

Campus Full time September 2017 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. Faculty and alumni connections lead students to internships and employment. Alumni hold positions in The George Washington University Archives; Historic House Trust of New York City; Arlington House, NPS; Department of Heritage Education Services, The National Register, NPS; Eastern State Penitentiary Museum, PA; Design Minds, DC; History Associates; the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Institution; the Smithsonian Institution Archives; Mount Vernon; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. [-]

MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 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: Translation and Linguistics Spanish Language Teaching Interdisciplinary Studies on Latin America (e.g., culture and literature, international studies, history, communications, public affairs) The Spanish: Latin American MA program requires that students take at least 21 credits in Spanish. Drawing on AU's campus resources, students may take courses on Latin America in English (up to 12 credits) in other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and other AU schools —such as the Department of History, Department of Anthropology, School of International Service, and the School of Education. AU's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies serves as a hub of academic dynamism on campus and beyond and supports collaborative research on various issues related to Latin America. LEARN FROM LEADING FACULTY EXPERTS The core faculty bring wide-ranging expertise in the humanities and applied linguistics. Our humanities faculty specialize in studies of gender, human rights, immigration, globalization, memory, and violence and teach through a variety of approaches and genres including film, narrative, poetry, short story, performance, and theatre. Our applied linguistics faculty specialize in bilingualism, video game-based language learning, and tele-collaborative translation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNLIMITED RESOURCES IN DC Taking advantage of the unparalleled resources of Washington, DC, our curriculum offers for-credit internships, through the Proyecto Amistad course, at organizations such as the US Department of Justice, National Geographic, The Guatemala Human Rights Commission, and Washington Office for Latin America. We also have contacts at elementary, secondary, and bilingual schools in the area, which facilitate teaching internships. In addition, we provide funding opportunities for summer research abroad, and we regularly coordinate field trips, guest lectures, events, and partnerships with the range of research facilities in the area. Many of our students complete the Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation in conjunction with their MA degree. While in our program our students gain valuable professional skills to work in a broad range of fields requiring expertise in issues pertaining to Latin America, as well as rigorous academic training for those seeking to pursue doctoral programs. Students often stay in Washington after graduation and become involved in the extensive network of Latin American institutions in the city. Many of our graduates go on to work in governmental and non-governmental organizations in Washington, DC, while others decide to pursue doctoral work or teaching. FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES A select number of teaching and research assistantships are available to eligible students. In addition, funds are available to students through The Jack Child Spanish and Latin American Studies Endowment. The Jack Child Summer Research Awards are also available to support graduate students who are interested in undertaking research in Latin America during the summer between their first and second years in the program. [-]

MA in TESOL

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 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. JOIN THE AU TESOL COMMUNITY MA TESOL students enjoy a sense of community, both with their peers and their professors, who are among the leading professionals in the field of TESOL. The TESOL MA program caters to diverse student populations, including recent graduates, professionals, and career switchers, and offers great flexibility in completing the degree. Students may be admitted on a full- or part-time basis, and classes meet in the evening to accommodate our students’ busy schedules. Courses in the TESOL Master's Program are offered in the fall and spring as well as in the summer, through the AU TESOL Summer Institute. Admission to the Program Applicants to the master's program in TESOL are subject to the minimum university requirements for admission to graduate study. Further, a grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate major, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and two letters of academic reference are required. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test. Part-time as well as full-time students are welcome in the program. [-]

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