Megan K. Lintott, M.S.Ed.
Manager of Special Undergraduate Programs
Three-year bachelor programs at American University are designed to be intensive academic cohort experiences for motivated and ambitious students. Each three-year program provides a rigorous academic curriculum augmented in the summers and during the regular semesters with cohort courses and with other curricular experiences linked directly to the program of study. These demanding programs enable students to develop strengths in investigation and inquiry related to the disciplines.
The three-year experience is distinguished from the four-year experience at AU by its pace of study and by seminars and enhanced mentorships with faculty. Consequently, students earn not just a degree, but a degree plus a level of commitment to the field that will prepare them for graduate study or placement in the workforce.
Each cohort is defined by a pivotal foundation course - an enhanced introductory course that includes a living-learning component where students live in a common residence and participate in extra curricular activities that enrich their classroom experiences. This arrangement provides an opportunity to take the discussion out of the classroom and into daily life. Unique programming and activities through the residence hall will further strengthen the connection to the three-year program’s academic discipline. Overall, students will be provided the socialization experiences that allow them to have the typical “college experience” combined with the shorter time-to-degree.
American University's Public Health Program, which launched this year to extremely positive feedback from students and over forty of them signing up to take Introduction to Public Health in its first semester, is raising the bar even higher. In fall 2012, the Public Health Program will kick off its brand new three-year cohort program designed to give incoming freshmen a hands-on, service-based public health education...
The quality of the applicants and the number of applicants were so high that AU eventually decided to double the size of the first year class. The students will work hard, completing eight semesters’ work in three years, including the summers after their first and second years in the Global Scholars program.