AUx1 (EDU 196) Course Themes

Theme 1: Welcome Eagles To The American University Experience (AUx)
  • Online Welcome: Your Summer Introduction
  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx
  • Class 2: Freedom of Expression in the Classroom & on Campus
  • Class 3: Learning About Campus Resources
Theme 2: Navigating Your First Year Inside & Outside the Classroom
  • Class 4: Building Academic Success
  • Class 5: Budgeting Wisely
  • Class 6: Health & Wellness
  • Class 7: Managing Your Time & Finding Balance
Theme 3: A Culture of Inclusion
  • Class 8: Exploring Identities
  • Class 9: Diversity, Bias, & Privilege
  • Class 10: Finding & Creating Community on Campus
  • Class 11: Understanding Your Rights & Responsibilities
Theme 4: Looking Ahead
  • Class 12: Setting Goals for Your AU Experience
  • Class 13: Defining Leadership & Success
  • Class 14: Reflecting Back & Looking Ahead

AUx1 Course Goals and Learning Outcomes

AUx1 course learning outcomes are achieved through online readings and videos, in-class learning and activities, reflective writing assignments, and separate individual and small group discussions with course Instructors, Peer Leaders, and classmates.


Goal #1: Students will learn the benefits of engagement with their new campus community.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify policies, programs, and support resources at American University (including staff, faculty, and peers) and discuss how they can contribute to their academic success and personal well-being
  • Orient themselves to campus and begin to engage with AU's policies, programs and support resources
  • Apply knowledge-based skills (e.g., time management, self-care, task prioritization) to develop healthy habits, to embrace change, and to cope with the stresses that often accompany major life transitions

Goal #2: Students will explore their identities as young adults.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore, define, and express their own identities, strengths, challenges, passions and goals orally and in writing
  • Prepare for future decision-making related to their academic course of study and career aspirations by applying critical thinking and transferable skills to develop realistic goals

Goal #3: Students will learn to become part of a diverse community.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the multiple aspects of diversity and inclusion and examine how those dimensions impact their and others' experiences at AU
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect for those whose experiences and opinions vary from their own
  • Practice respectful cross-cultural communication skills while effectively advocating for themselves and others

The AUx Classroom in Anderson Hall

Your AUx courses will be taught in lounges, rather than in traditional classroom spaces, encouraging dialogue and informal interaction