Auditing Guidelines By School

Please see below for lists of ineligible/eligible courses by school and to find out if the course you are interested in requires departmental approval.

Obtaining departmental/instructor approval: You must reach out directly to the department or instructor to obtain written approval for your admittance in the course. A simple email correspondence between you and the listed professor will suffice. You may locate contact information via the online directory. Approvals must be forwarded to alumniaudit@american.edu and received before your registration can be processed with the registrar.

If you have any questions, please contact us at alumniaudit@american.edu or 202-885-5962.

The following courses require professor or departmental approval:

  • All courses that require a prerequisite
  • Anthropology (500 level and above)
  • Audio Technology (all courses)
  • Art (all courses)
  • Health and Fitness (all courses)
    • Note: An additional fee of $150 is applied to all Health and Fitness classes.
  • History (500 level and above)
  • World Languages and Cultures (all courses)
    • Note: During the summer alumni audit semester, alumni may participate intwo sequential language courses (e.g. Spanish, Elementary I and Spanish, Elementary II; Arabic, Intermediate I and Arabic, Intermediate II) with appropriate departmental approval for each course. An additional application and fee of $150 must be submitted and processed to participate in a second summer language course. Additional course fees may apply.
  • Literature (400 level and above)
  • Psychology (all courses)
  • Sociology (all courses)

The following course sections are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • PERF-065/165 Musical Theatre Production
  • PERF-066/166 Musical Theatre Role Development
  • Any capstone experience courses
  • Any course sections listed as "Open only to students in the International Accelerator Program"
  • Any courses with a "CAS" course prefix
  • Courses listed with "Restriction: Applied Economics (MA)" or "Restriction: Nutrition Education (MS)"

All courses that have a prerequisite require department or professor approval.

The following courses are not eligible for audit:

  • MGMT-458 Strategic Management
  • Courses restricted to the Honors program
  • Courses restricted to the Professional MBA program, Full-time MBA program, the MS in Marketing program, and the MS Analytics program
  • Online MBA course
  • Online MSAn courses
  • Online courses offered through 2IR, 2U, or Deltek

All courses must be approved through Justin Bernstine, justin@american.edu.

The following courses are eligible for audit:

  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • COMM-209 Communication and Society
  • COMM-270 How News Media Shaped History
  • COMM-280 Contemporary Media in a Global Society
  • COMM-324 Race, Gender & Sexuality in Media
  • COMM-360 Myths of the Media
  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-411 History of Documentary
  • COMM-420 The Design of Play
  • COMM-420 Designing Health Games
  • COMM-468 Musical Cultures & Industries
  • COMM-477/677 History of Photography
  • COMM-481 Entertainment Communication
  • COMM-537 Sports Communication
  • COMM-544 Foreign Correspondence
  • COMM-569 Executive Suite
  • COMM-580 Strategic Health Communication

All courses must be approved through the respective department.

The following courses are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • GOVT-020 Campaign Management Institute
  • GOVT-023 The Art and Craft of Lobbying
  • GOVT-391 Internship
  • GOVT-520 Advanced Studies in Campaign Management
  • GOVT-523 The Art and Craft of Lobbying
  • JLC-422 Justice Workshop
  • JLC-491 Internship in Justice Setting
  • JLC-680
  • JLC-681 Intro to Justice Research II
  • JLC-690 Independent Study in Justice
  • JLC-691 Internship in Justice Setting
  • PUAD-610 Public Administration Capstone
  • PUAD-688 Policy Practice
  • PUAD-690 Independent Study
  • PUAD-691 Internship
Online sections of the following courses are not eligible for alumni audit:
  • PUAD-606 Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • PUAD-612 Intro to Public Administration & the Policy Process
  • PUAD-617 Project Management
  • PUAD-626 Legal Issues in Public Administration
  • PUAD-630 Public Managerial Economics
  • PUAD-633 Budgeting and Financial Management
  • PUAD-650 Leadership in a Changing Workplace
  • PUAD-660 Quantitative Methods
  • PUAD-661 Foundations of Program Evaluation
  • PUAD-665 Managing Human Capital Assets
  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

All courses require departmental approval.

The following courses are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • All online courses delivered through 2IR, 2U, or Deltek
  • SISU-050 SIS Mentorship
  • SISU-105 World Politics
  • SISU-140 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • SISU-206 Intro to Int'l Studies Rsrch
  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res
  • SISU-220 Int'l Political Economy
  • SISU-230 Analysis of US Foreign Policy
  • SISU-240 International Development
  • SISU-250 Env Sustainblty/Global Health
  • SISU-260 Identity, Race, Gender & Culture
  • SISU-280 International Organizations
  • SISU-306 Advanced International Studies Research
  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone in International Relations
  • SIS-033 Topics in Int'l Communication
  • SIS-633 Sel Topics in Int'l Comm
  • SIS-653-012 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy: Grand Strategy
  • SIS 793 Practicum in International Affairs