Syllabi provide students with a written overview of the course. The clearer you are in constructing your syllabus, the more pro-active you can be in addressing student expectations and questions. Viewing a syllabus as a blueprint can add coherence to the course and help students view their work in a broader, more meaningful manner.
The average AU undergraduate student takes five courses per semester. That means five differently constructed syllabi to interpret and follow. Although graduate students may take fewer courses, they also need to interpret each course syllabus. The more transparent you are about your expectations and schedule, the more strategic your students can be in their responses.
General Education Courses
If your course can be taken for General Education credit, click for information to include in your syllabus.
Specific School/Department Information
Individual schools, departments or programs may have items that they would like you to include in your course syllabus. Please contact your department chair, division director, or dean for more information.
Undergraduate Research Support
American University offers undergraduates many opportunities to learn research methodology, present their findings at conferences, and compete for awards. A new website has been created that helps undergraduates navigate the growing possibilities: http://www.american.edu/provost/undergrad/research.cfm
Please share this website with your undergraduate students both on your syllabus and on your course Blackboard site. Also, please encourage students to take advantage of these valuable opportunities to enhance their education. Note that the site is still being built but will be available (at least in skeletal form) by the start of classes in Spring 2013.
Important Information for All Students
AU provides numerous services to help students to be successful in their coursework: the Academic Support Center, the Counseling Center, Disability Support Services, the Writing Center and Writing Lab, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. You can include this information as part of your syllabus and/or as additional course information posted on your course site within Blackboard. Click on the name of each support service for more information.
- Academic Support Center (x3360, MGC 243) offers study skills workshops, individual instruction, tutor referrals, Supplemental Instruction, and services for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Writing support is available in the ASC Writing Lab or in the Writing Center. If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please notify me in a timely manner with a letter from the Academic Support Center or Disability Support Services so that we can make arrangements to address your needs.
- Counseling Center (x3500, MGC 214) offers counseling and consultations regarding personal concerns, self-help information, and connections to off-campus mental health resources.
- Disability Support Services (x3315, MGC 206) offers technical and practical support and assistance with accommodations for students with physical, medical, or psychological disabilities. If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please notify me in a timely manner with a letter from the Academic Support Center or Disability Support Services so that we can make arrangements to address your needs.
- Writing Center in 228 Battelle-Tompkins offers free, individual coaching sessions to all AU students. In your 45-minute session, a student writing consultant can help you address assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit your own work. The Center offers appointments on the hour from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 3 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Call 202- 885- 2991 to arrange a session. Or for info click here.
- Center for Diversity & Inclusion is dedicated to enhancing LGBTQ, Multicultural, First Generation, and Women's experiences on campus and to advance AU's commitment to respecting & valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison to students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy. It is located on the 2nd floor of Mary Graydon Center: 202-885-3651, email is email@example.com.