First-Year Scholars Seminar -- During their first semester in the AU Scholars Program, students
participate in a seminar course and an accompanying lab class. Seminar topics
range from social sciences, public health, and legal systems, to environmental science, theater, and visual literacy. Students have the opportunity to
expand their knowledge in a particular field while making connections between
course concepts, discipline-specific research, and practical applications. All
seminar courses fulfill a General Education requirement.
Experiential and Research Lab -- Meeting once a week, lab courses familiarize students
with the DC community and professional research institutions. Faculty and graduate assistants facilitate these sessions and have taken students on visits to
locations such as the Supreme Court, National Geographic, NIH, and National
Zoo. Additionally, students will partake in Library Training Sessions to better
understand the available academic resources from AU.
Spring Research Experience -- Throughout their second semester, students
will partake in a Spring Research Course where they will carry out a faculty-led
research project while working in small groups. Previous topics for Spring
Research Courses include human migration, child soldiers, globalized markets,
theater, and more. Several Spring Research Courses include an international
travel experience. Past trips have gone to Northern Ireland, Cuba, and Belgium.
AU Scholars Sophomore Seminars -- Sophomore Seminars in the AU Scholars program
are designed to engage students in interdisciplinary thinking that explores and
addresses pressing artistic, cultural, social, economic, political or
environmental challenges. The seminars will introduce a range of
approaches to scholarly or creative activity with the goal of developing
responses to a specific problem. The seminars will qualify for at least two
Foundational Areas in the General Education Program.
Wicked Problem Challenge -- AU Scholars students will work in interdisciplinary teams to identify a
wicked problem (e.g., poverty, sustainability, inequality, political
instability, hunger, disease, homelessness). Teams
will develop a research proposal based on questions developed by faculty. This is a non-credit
bearing activity. At the end of their second spring semester, the teams will
present their projects to a panel of faculty judges.