Admission to the CAS LEAD is based on two essays demonstrating leadership interest as well as two references. The program is based on the recognition that everyone has leadership potential and can be taught to be an ethical and effective leader. Through rigorous academic study and guided experience, the program will promote student growth and transformation. Students will learn as a cohort in program seminars and also in coursework from across all disciplines.
We encourage all incoming freshmen in CAS to apply, regardless of past leadership experience. If you apply, you must be able to attend the program seminars that meet on Wednesday evenings from 8:10-9:00 p.m. throughout the fall and spring semesters of freshman year.
You should also enroll in PHIL-120, Do the Right Thing, either during fall semester in the special section set aside for CAS LEAD students or as soon as you can. PHIL-120 counts for both CAS LEAD and for General Education credit. Please contact the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Submit your High School Transcript: online to CASlead@american.edu or by mail to
CAS Leadership and
Ethical Development Program College of Arts & Sciences, American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016
Submit two essays that discuss your leadership interests and any experiences with leadership.
Essay 1 (250-500 words): Using a personal experience that you have had in the past three years or a situation from current events, illustrate and discuss how leadership can influence the quality and outcome of a challenging situation.
Essay 2 (no more than 250 words): Explain why and how the study of leadership and ethical development in this program is important to you. In other words, why do you want to join this program?
Submit two letters of recommendation. Each of these letters should be from a person who knows you well and has been able to observe your development and actions in the community, the classroom, a community or religious organization, the workplace, or a volunteer site. The letters should describe the ways in which the letter writer knows you. The letters should include the writer's observations of your performance or behavior and should also provide an assessment of your interest in developing as a leader. These letters should be submitted to: CASLEAD@american.edu. If the reference writer cannot access the web, they may submit their letters by U.S. Mail to:
CAS Leadership and Ethical Development Program College of Arts & Sciences, American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016
Admission decisions will be sent no later than July 31, 2017.