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Screen shot of Prom Week; courtesy Michael Treanor.

Games People Play

Faculty Interview: Gaming expert Michael Treanor, creator of games like Prom Week (pictured).


The Department of Computer Science at American University balances the practical and theoretical aspects of computer science and provides students with a background for professional employment or further graduate study in the discipline. Our graduates move on to a wide range of careers that includes software development and design, multimedia computing, artificial intelligence and computer vision, and other technical computing professions.

Our programs include a BS in computer science and a minor in computer science.

As a student in our department, you will:

  • Master state-of-the-art technologies necessary to keep pace with this rapidly changing field.
  • Receive individual attention in classes with fewer than 20 students.
  • Conduct research and complete independent studies with faculty members actively researching a variety of fields, including: artificial intelligence, scientific computing, databases and knowledge discovery, computer architecture, computational geometry, and computer vision.
  • Obtain internships and utilize resources at the various high-tech companies and government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area, including: IBM, Mellon Bank, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and a variety of nonprofit organizations and start-up companies

NSF Grant

Michael Black

Computer science professor Michael Black received a grant to create an educational simulator.

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