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"A liberal arts education makes one a steward of the world, for not only does one learn our various ideological foundations, but also, and most importantly, one learns how to generate and answer the types of questions that lead toward a more nuanced and, in the most wholesome sense, actionable truth."

Kyle G. Dargan
Assistant Professor, Department of Literature
Excerpt from We of Sound Minds and Bodies, CAS Connections, September 2008


The College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at American University provides students with a challenging education in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences within a diverse community of scholars, staff, and students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. Our faculty includes nationally and internationally known artists, scholars, and teachers, all committed to innovative approaches to instruction and excellence in research and creative endeavors.

Every year, world leaders, distinguished scholars from other institutions, and leading practitioners in various fields come to campus to speak about and encourage debate on current issues and expose students to cutting-edge ideas and trends.

Direct admission to CAS is offered to high school seniors and transfer students who meet AU's Undergraduate Admissions Standards. All applicants apply to American University. A separate application is not required to be admitted to CAS. All applicants, regardless of intended major, are evaluated using the same admission criteria and standards. Those who are admitted to AU will begin undergraduate studies in their selected major of study during their first semester (or take General Education courses if they are undeclared). 

For additional information regarding American University's Undergraduate admissions requirements and application process, please visit american.edu/admissions.

Areas of Study

List of Majors and Minors offered.

Majors & Minors

CAS Scholarships

Catalog of CAS Scholarships that are available.