Students entering the College of Arts and Sciences are assigned professional academic counselors based upon their intended majors. Students who have not indicated a major are assigned counselors based on their last names. Our counselors are available to assist students with any issues related to their academic career at American University. They are also a valuable resource for discovering the many opportunities that AU provides. We recommend you meet with your counselor regularly. Students are required to meet with their counselor at least once per semester to obtain authorization to register for the next term's classes.
By the end of your sophomore year, you should formally declare the majors in which you expect to earn your degrees. (See Declaring majors and minors.) Upon declaring a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department you will be majoring in. Once you have declared your major, you should obtain authorization to register for classes from your faculty advisor. However, our CAS counselors remain available to you at all levels.
***During the summer, CAS Academic Counselors do not have designated walk in hours and you should schedule appointments by contacting your advisor via email.
***August 29th-September 12th, all CAS Academic Counselors will have walk in hours 9am-5pm. Counselor's regular walk in hours and appointments will resume on September 13th.
Tyler Atkins-Mose, Interim Assistant Director
Undergraduate Advising, Retention and Recruitment
Shannon Smith Walk-in hours: T 9-11:30, TH 1:30-3:30
anthropology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental studies/science, physics, and undecided students A-H.
Valerie Rauenzahn Walk-in hours: M 1:30-3:30, T 10-12 audio production, audio technology, theater, computational science, computer science, music, musical theater, health promotion and undecided students I-O
Darian Mitchell Walk-in hours: M 2-4, TH 9-11
biology, economics, math and economics, neuroscience, undecided students P-R
Andrea Malamisura Senior Academic Counselor Walk-in hours: T 2-4, TH 10-12
psychology and public health
Jack Ramsay Walk-in hours: T, TH 3-5
american studies, arab world studies, asian studies, elementary education, history, jewish studies, mathematics, philosophy, religious studies, women's, gender and sexuality studies, and world languages and area studies
Matt Sinclair Walk-in hours: M 9:30-11:30, T 1:30-3:30 art history, graphic design, literature, sociology, mathematics, statistics, studio art, pre-law and undecided students S-Z.
Students needing the Dean's signature should contact their Academic Counselor (who has authority as Dean's designee) for fastest processing. In most cases, the Academic Counselor has the authority and responsibility as the Dean's designee to sign forms, Dean's reports, etc. In cases where a higher level of approval as is necessary, the Academic Counselor will ensure required signature is obtained. For further info: email@example.com
•Registration planning/ clearance
•Choice of major(s)
•Academic program planning; planning for graduation
•Study abroad, internship, or independent studies
•Taking a leave of absence/ returning after an absence
Walk-ins: Each counselor holds weekly walk-in hours and they are handled on a first come/first served basis. Walk-in advising only focuses on one issue and are limited to 15 minutes. Walk-in advising is appropriate for:
•Emergency affecting academic progress
•Withdrawal from AU
•Late actions concerning registration deadlines
•Signatures on forms
•Degree audit issues/ graduation clearance
•Sharing positive academic news
Students at American University are protected by the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), 1974. No information about a student's academic performance will be disclosed to anyone outside of the university without written permission from the student.