American University offers a number of special living environments known as Living Learning Communities (LLCs). LLCs are cohorts of students that live together and explore a common interest or academic pursuit. Some include required courses that students must take and others are organized around a theme or community interest that students wish to learn more about. Admittance to the programs varies based on their individual requirements.
Designed for first year students, students live together in this LLC and take a foundation-level General Education seminar together. Taught by some of American University's finest faculty students learn together and enroll in a one-credit Washington Lab course. A specially selected upper-level student known as a Program Associate helps with the course and lives on the floor.
Designed for upper-class students, Residential Community Clusters (RCCs) allow one to create their own living-learning environment. Students who share a common interest can create their own unique floor living environment where they will explore and learn about the topic of their choice.
Designed for students admitted to the University Honors Program, this LLC provides a unique blend of programming including faculty lectures and debates, trivia nights, and other events designed by the staff and by students through the Honors Student Board.
This community is designed for students interested in better understanding and practicing social justice. This will be an open gender housing community, providing the option for students to live with the roommate with whom they are most comfortable without consideration to the individual's sex, gender, or gender expression. This community is open to both new and returning students of all majors.
This community is designed for students interested in learning and developing leadership skills. The LLC will provide residents with a unique opportunity to participate in seminars, lectures, colloquiums, and practical workshops that are designed to develop their capacity to lead in a complex global society. This Academy LLC is open to any new student not participating in the Honors Program or an American University academic leadership program.
Three-year bachelor programs at American University are designed to be intensive academic cohort experiences for motivated and ambitious students. Each cohort is defined by a pivotal foundation course - an enhanced introductory course that includes a living-learning component where students live in a common residence and participate in extra curricular activities that enrich their classroom experiences.
Community Based Research Scholars provides students the opportunity to respond to significant needs of the DC metropolitan area. Students practice, re-examine, and deepen their classroom learning through a project in a nonprofit setting where their work benefits others as well as their own intellectual development.