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 are not eligible for the alumni audit program:

  • Institutes, seminars, workshops, boot camps, or independent studies

  • Courses that require a special tuition rate or are taught at other institutions through the consortium

If you are interested in an online or hybrid course, please note that these courses require professor or departmental approval.

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 instructor 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