The American University Experience (AUx) is a full-year General Education course specially designed for students transitioning into their first year of college at AU. Students who complete AUx1 in the fall of 2017 (1.5 credits) and AUx2 in the spring of 2018 (1.5 credits) will receive a total of 3.00 credits toward their General Education requirements in their choice of Foundational Area two, three or four.
Through classroom discussions, assignments, and office hours, AUx1 (fall 2017) provides a place for students to establish their short- and long-term goals; build academic skills for college success; learn about issues of privilege and bias; and explore their own personal identities. AUx1 course learning outcomes are achieved through online learning, in-class activities, reflective writing assignments, and individual and small group discussions with course Instructors, Peer Leaders, and classmates.
AUx2 (spring 2018) is unique to American University, and has been created specifically as a call to action by AU students, staff, and faculty who want to ensure that diversity, inclusion, free speech, and freedom of expression are part of the core curriculum at American University. AUx2 aims to equip students to become part of a community of learners whose members come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them a range of experiences.