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Imagining the Future

Students in the Complex Problems community this Fall will choose one of eight different courses, each one taught by a distinguished faculty member who is enthusiastic about investigating her or his subject as the semester unfolds. Complex Problems professors embrace the value of approaching important problems and issues from a variety of perspectives, often from multiple disciplines and including multiple voices; this intellectual habit prepares students for future academic work.

Each Complex Problems class is small (fewer than 19 students), which will give students an opportunity to work closely with their professor and their classmates. Students in the Complex Problems community will also live in an AU residence hall with other members of Complex Problems. By forming a residential neighborhood with their classmates, students draw on the best features of both liberal arts and residential education. 

Program Benefits

Students will...

Earn General Education credit for their Complex Problems seminar

Satisfy a second General Education requirement for completing both AUx courses

Receive priority registration in the spring semester (only those taking AUx II)

Be supported by 2 additional Resident Assistants in their residence hall, Anderson 3rd Floor



Form a diverse and inclusive community with their Complex Problems peers

Grow intellectually and personally through curricular and co-curricular experiences

Develop professional relationships with faculty teaching and interacting with the community

Begin to assemble the skills and habits of mind that will lead to future success at AU

Toward a New AU Core Curriculum

A portion of the entering class of 2020 is the first to have access to the new Complex Problems community. Next year, every incoming student will be part of Complex Problems. Complex Problems will become the signature gateway to the new AU Core Curriculum, which is the academic experience that will ground the essential skills and habits of mind it provides within the complex world our students seek to serve.

Students who have been invited to the Complex Problems community received two separate offers. The first urged students to sign up for a 3-credit Complex Problems seminar and live in an AU residence hall with their classmates. The second added an additional component to the living-learning program: The American University Experience (or AUx, for short). 

Reserve Your Place

Your next step is to pick the Complex Problems course you want to take in the Fall. Log on to the portal at Find the Personalized Links search bar, then type Complex Problems Course Selection.