The CAS Academic Advising System
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.
Academic Counseling Team
- Marla Boren, Director
Undergraduate Advising, Retention, and Recruitment
- Emily Jones-Green, Assistant Director
Retention and Recruitment
- Tyler Atkins-Mose
audio production, audio technology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, music, musical theater, physics, theater, undecided students I-O, and pre-law
- Kailey Corken
anthropology, health promotion, environmental studies/science, undecided students A-H, AU athletes (except biology).
- Anne Kaiser, Senior Academic Counselor
biology, economics, math and economics, neuroscience, returning students on AU athletic teams, undecided students P-S
- Andrea Malamisura
psychology and public health
- Alicia Mandac, Senior Academic Counselor
Arab world studies, art history, graphic design, literature, sociology, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, undecided students T-Z
- Jack Ramsay
American studies, Asian studies, elementary education, history, Jewish studies, mathematics, philosophy, religious studies, statistics, world languages and area studies
- Peer Advisors
All first-year (incoming Freshmen and Transfer) students must register for a mandatory 30 minute Pre-registration Workshop. This workshop is designed to assist you in your registration preparation, review university regulations, and to provide tips. Once you have completed the workshop, you will then be able to meet with your academic counselor to be cleared to register for the spring 2015 semester.