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Courses Suggested for Your Major
From May onward as you complete your student planning, you will begin to design a schedule for the fall semester. The lists below will help you learn about recommended course schedules for all the majors and options you can pursue at American University. You can refer to this information if you are still deciding on a major or thinking about a second major.
Not at all. These are only suggestions and guidelines. You can select additional or substitute classes based on your interests. We recommend you consult with your academic advisor, though.
What if I have AP or IB credit for one of the suggested courses?
If you already have credit toward any of the courses listed in the guidelines, you do not need to take that class at AU.
Sometimes you may wish to take the class anyway, for example as part of an on-campus program like University College, but that would supersede your pre-enrollment credits. It would be a good idea to speak with your academic counselor before making such a decision.
The class I want is listed as closed or waitlisted. What does that mean?
When a course is listed as CLOSED, it means the class has reached its enrollment limit; no additional students can sign up. Students do have the option of "waitlisting" a class. This will put you on a list to join the class if a seat becomes available. Being waitlisted is NOT the same being registered, though, and you should probably select another course in the meantime to take the place of the class you have waitlisted.