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Academic Requirements and Options FAQ

Declaring a Major, Minor, or Specialization
Double Major versus Dual Degree
General Education Requirements
Courses Not Permitted for Business Majors
Degree and Graduation Requirements
Degree Audit Report
Graduation Application Process
December and August Graduates
Internship for Credit
Study Abroad
Summer Course Options

 

I'm thinking of adding a major/minor or second specialization.

Students pursuing the Business Administration (BSBA) major:

  • Are required to complete at least one specialization.
  • Can add additional specializations. Click here to view the specializations available to BSBA majors. If you have 12-15 credits of free electives available and you do not plan to complete an additional major/minor, then adding a second specialization should not impact your expected graduation date. You cannot have courses double-count between 2 specializations. Each specialization must include at least 12 credits independent of one another.
  • Can add a non-business major or minor outside of Kogod. Click here to view the available majors/minors. Determine the school or department through which the major/minor is offered and contact an advisor from that school or department to discuss the requirements and process for declaring the major/minor. Kogod advisors can only provide advising for business majors or business minors.
  • Can not have a business minor.
  • Can not have a second major or dual degree in business within Kogod.

Students pursuing a major in Accounting (BSA), Finance (BSF), Business, Language and Culture (BLC), or Business and Entertainment (BAE):

  • Can add a business minor. Click here to view the available business minors and their requirements.
  • Can add a non-business major or minor outside of Kogod. Click here to view the available majors/minors. Determine the school or department through which the major/minor is offered and contact an advisor from that school or department to discuss the requirements and process for declaring the major/minor. Kogod advisors can only provide advising for business majors or business minors.
  • Can not have a specialization.
  • Can not have a second major or dual degree in business within Kogod.

To discuss your options further, please set up an appointment with an academic advisor.

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What is the difference between a double-major and a dual-degree?

A student with a double major would complete course requirements for both majors and must complete a total of 120 credits. This student would receive only one degree. For example, a student with their first major in business with a finance specialization and a second major in economics would receive one degree: BS Business Administration with a specialization in finance. The transcript would show the second major, but this will not be listed on the degree.

A student with a dual degree would complete course requirements for both majors and must complete a total of 150 credits. This student would receive two separate degrees and diplomas, one for each major.

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How do I know which general education courses to take for each area?

  • Click here for more information about the General Education Program.
  • Click here to view FAQs for the General Education Program.

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Which General Education classes will double count for a business major?

All business majors (BSBA, BLC, BAE, BSF, and BSA) must take ECON-100 and ECON-200 to fulfill Area 4: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS of the general education requirements.

  • BLC students must also take ANTH-225 to fulfill the second-level of Area 1: THE CREATIVE ARTS in addition to ECON-100 and ECON-200.

The following courses will not count as General Education credit for business majors:

  • ECON-110: No more than 2 classes with the same prefix (ex. ECON) can be taken for general education credit and business students are already required to take ECON-100 and ECON-200. ECON-110 can be taken to fulfill a Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural requirement or Free Elective.

  • FIN-200: This course is an Area 4 General Education Course and business students will already complete Area 4 with ECON-100 and ECON-200. This course can be taken to fulfill a Free Elective.

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Which classes am I not allowed to take as a business major?

Do not take the following courses if you are a business major. You will not receive credit of any kind for these classes:

  • IBUS-200: Business students will take IBUS-300 instead of this course as part of the business core requirements. IBUS-200 is specifically for non-business students only as outlined in the course description.

  • MKTG-250: Business students will take MKTG-300 instead of this course as part of the business core requirements. MKTG-250 is specifically for non-business majors only as outlined in the course description (but can be taken by students with a business minor.)

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What are my graduation/degree requirements?

Click here to view a complete list of your degree requirements, GPA requirements, as well as to which courses must be taken as a letter grade (A-F) and earn a C or better in. Select the degree you are pursing and click the Degree Overview link for that degree. 

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How do I view which requirements I have met and which ones are still incomplete (Degree Audit Report)?

Log onto your portal, click Academics, and then click View Degree Audit Report. This report will show you which requirements you have completed, which are in progress, and which have not yet been started. If you find any discrepancies on your report, or if you have questions about your report, please contact an academic advisor.

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I am getting ready to graduate, what do I need to do?

There are two steps involved in the graduation application process. Both steps are required to complete the graduation application process.

  • Graduation Clearance: All students planning on graduating in the upcoming semester need to get cleared to graduate in order to register for the upcoming semester's courses. This will ensure that your graduation plan is on track. Fill out this form, print out your resume, and make an appointment with an advisor. If you have questions about your graduation clearance, contact the Kogod's academic advising team at ksbadvising@american.edu or (202) 885-1914.

  • Graduation Application: Apply for graduation online through your portal during the semester that you plan to graduate. Students do not automatically graduate as soon as they earn 120 credits, therefore, this step alerts AU’s Record Services team that you are ready and intend to graduate in that semester. Announcements will be made when it is time to apply for graduation. Be sure to note the deadline as late applicants risk not having their names published in the commencement program. If you have questions about your online graduation application, please email record_services@american.edu or call (202) 885-2236.

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I plan to graduate in December (or I plan to graduate in August). Can I still walk during commencement?

There is only one commencement ceremony per year. December graduates are invited to participate in the spring commencement that takes place the following May. 

August graduates who have 8 or fewer credits to take in the summer session and who have already fulfilled all university and general education requirements, may be eligible to participate in the spring commencement. For more information, refer to the announcements posted in the weekly BizUndergrad newsletter or contact the Kogod Advising team.

Summer graduates who do not meet these conditions must wait until the following spring ceremony.

For more information about graduation and commencement, click here.

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How do I complete an internship for credit?

Click here to review the requirements and process to complete an internship for credit. 

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What do I need to do if I want to study abroad?

If you plan to study abroad for the summer, semester, or year, you must complete the following steps in addition to your AU Abroad application:

  • Click here to review the requirements for Kogod students to study abroad.

  • Complete the Kogod Study Abroad Approval form located here. Then schedule an appointment with a member of the Kogod Advising Team to submit the completed form. Your abroad request will not be approved until this has been completed. Review the course offerings for the program you are considering prior to meeting with your advisor.

  • Send the electronic Authorization/Recommendation link from AU Abroad to your academic advisor for final approval. Reminder: You must complete step 2 before your Authorization/Recommendation will be approved.

  • Complete the Course Equivalency Form that is included in the Study Abroad Pre-Approval Form. This form should be completed and submitted to AU Abroad prior to departure. The Kogod Advising Team can only approve business courses for this form. All other courses must be approved from the academic department relevant to the course (a history course would have to be approved by the history department). 

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Can I take courses at another school and transfer the credit?

No. Once a student is fully admitted to American University, the Kogod School of Business will no longer accept credits for any course taken at another institution regardless of if the course is taken during the academic year or during the summer (unless taken through an approved study abroad program). Students may earn credit over the summer by taking courses on campus, taking online courses offered by AU, or by completing an internship for credit (internships can be completed from anywhere). If there is a course that you need to take over the summer in order to be on track for graduation, please speak with an academic advisor.

Learn more about summer courses, online courses, internships for credit, and summer programs offered abroad.

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