For more than 40 years, the School of Communication has delivered a strong professional education for undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on public affairs and public service using the resources of Washington, DC.
Ranked among the top schools of its kind, American University’s School of Public Affairs offers education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice. Our location in the scenic neighborhood of upper northwest Washington, D.C., our position, programs, and professors—all provide us a distinct advantage in educating and preparing leaders for careers in public service.
Everything we do at SETH is grounded in four organizing principles: excellence, diversity, equity, and community. The first principle, excellence, is the standard by which the other three are defined; it is the bar for our activities and curricula—and by which we measure individual achievement.
American University's shuttle services provide students, faculty, staff, and guests with a convenient means of traveling between campus, the Washington College of Law, and the Tenleytown Metro station.
The Department of Sociology of the College of Arts and Sciences serves the university and students from throughout the world as a center for the advanced study of societal change, social institutions, and social processes. Its programs offer in-depth training in sociological theory and emphasize social justice and research methodology, as well as five areas of concentration: Gender and Family; Inequality and Stratification; Macrosociology; Professional/Applied Sociology; and Race, Gender, and Social Justice.
Welcome to the Department of Public Administration & Policy. The Washington Metropolitan area has always been a magnet for men and women seeking careers in the public sector. It is only in this area that students can focus their studies on international, national, state, county, local or not-for-profit issues.
The Office of Special Events can provide you with information on vendors, site selection, catering, protocol, and more. Our primary role is to serve AU faculty, staff, and students with their event planning needs. You can reach us at: 202-885-2430 or 2431
Student Activities sponsors many events throughout the year including Welcome Week evening activities, Experience DC, Student Involvement Fairs, Club Recognition Workshops, Student Leadership Receptions, Leadership Connections workshops and co-sponsored events for the graduating classes Senior week and AU After Dark Initiatives.
The Student Government shall serve as the primary representative of the American University undergraduate student body by advocating policy, producing programming, and providing services to the Student Body. The Student Government consists of all undergraduate students who have paid their student activity fee. Members of the Student Government shall be entitled to vote in elections and on referenda.
The Student Health Center provides primary care medical services and health education and wellness programming to AU students. The Student Health Center services include routine exam, allergy injection, immunizations.
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Summer and Spring Break Hours:
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The Theatre and Musical Theatre Programs enable students to perform in, design, manage, or direct a production and succeed in a variety of professions outside the theatre. Students work closely with internationally recognized artists in core classes, electives, productions, and extra-curricular seminars and workshops.
The function of Treasury Operations with the Office of Finance & Treasurer is to manage the University's working capital and liquidity needs as well as facilitate the electronic transfer of funds to meet the University's daily financial obligations.
The university's Budget Office develops annual and long-range university budgets for Board of Trustees' approval and administers the budgets throughout the fiscal year. We aim to provide a direct linkage between the university's strategic plan goals and resource allocations and partner with various constituencies and school budget managers to ensure best practices in budget and financial management.
The University Center offers the campus community and the public a wide variety of meeting, dining and entertainment options to enrich campus life and the educational experience at American University. Located in the heart of campus, we look to meet the co-curricular needs and interests of the University community by utilizing the University Center footprint as the primary venue for programs and events.
American University Media Relations, an office within University Communications and Marketing, works daily with campus constituents to publicize all aspects of the university through media outlets and the university's Web site. The office consults campus offices, schools, and departments on media relations, strategic communication strategies, and Web communications to promote professors, programs, research, and events to external audiences and the news media.
Our prestigious program attracts top students nationally and around the world who are eager for a challenging and compelling academic experience and a welcoming community, located on a beautiful, traditional college campus.
WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Since 1961, WAMU 88.5 has provided programming to a growing audience that now totals more than 650,000 listeners in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
The Washington Economic Policy Semester Seminar is an intensive examination of economic policy making in Washington. The heart of the seminar is on-site discussions with economic policy decision makers and economic policy analysts. Academic focus will be on global economic policy.
The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) offers students of sovereign American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC.
Washington Semester students have a front-row seat for the action as foreign policy is discussed, debated, and drafted. As a foreign policy semester student, you have unparalleled opportunities to examine firsthand the emerging.
The Contemporary Islam semester combines a rigorous and in-depth investigation of Islamic resources, contributions, and insights with hands-on experience to allow you to develop expertise on Islamic perspectives along with professional skills and political experience.
Taking a company multinational is a necessity not a choice, and more than ever, an opportunity that no company can afford to neglect. During your Washington Semester you gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a marketable asset to the business world. D.C. is an international powerhouse.
The Washington Semester in International Law and Organizations focuses upon the expanding role of law in governing relations among nations, while an interdependent world turns to multinational organizations in the making of global policy.
Washington, D.C. is the heart, soul, and lifeblood of politics in America. If you want to see how the game is played from the inside, apply for this program which has attracted politically interested students for more than 50 years. As an American Politics student, you will observe in-depth the machinations of our national government.
(IED) semester combines the seminar in Washington, D.C. with an intensive 3-week field practicum in Galapagos Islands or Ghana. The seminar and overseas practicum, conducted in parallel with a two-day-per week internship component and a research project, provide a comprehensive experiential learning program in which students enter directly into the fields of international development and international environmental policy.
Find out what it takes to be a member of the most elite and sometimes most despised groups around during this interactive, experiential semester. You examine virtually every aspect of journalism, from print and broadcast media to feature writing and media relations.
You get a close – up look at how the legal system really works and at the people who define justice. The semester sweeps you into the political storm that surrounds issues of justice and introduces you to the experts and to the organizations that deal with the process on a daily basis.
The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program is grounded in the best practices of experiential and traditional learning pedagogies to foster learning and emphasize the importance of integrating theory, research and practice.
Explore the institutions and meet the practitioners who determine federal judicial policy in the public law semester. This program traces American public law through its origination, formulation, implementation, and interpretation.
Transforming Communities is a public policy program that addresses the concept of community, the factors that make a community healthy, and how forces at the local, state, and national level are used to create and strengthen community.In fact, Washington DC – from the international to the national to the community level – offers an ideal setting for Transforming Communities.
The Pence Law Library is open to the public, except during reading and exam periods when access is limited to WCL faculty, staff, and students, and WCL alumni. Visitors to the Law Library are asked to check in with Security with proper identification and wear visitor badges while using the Library.
Please check the Library's website for the most current information about hours and access.
The Washington College of Law (WCL) equips students in unique ways to navigate this new reality. A top law school that provides an excellent legal education in all areas of the law, WCL has renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, business, and gender. These vital programs create an environment rich with opportunities for you.
The Wellness Center provides health education resources and programs for AU students. The Wellness Center's mission is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce risk behaviors and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.