We Offer Flexibility

We understand that you have many options for fall semester, prior to beginning your degree program in the spring. The Mentorship Program is flexible-allowing you to take 12 or 15 credits worth of classes. With IB or AP credits, you can easily stay on track to graduate with a 12-credit program. Even without IB or AP credits, you can stay on track to graduate if you enroll in additional classes in future semesters.

Courses and Schedule

Your fall semester schedule consists of four or five 3-credit classes:

Mentored Field Practicum: SPExS-120(3 credits)

This course provides students the opportunity to participate in a field practicum two days a week in a professional setting. This, along with written assignments, readings, lectures, discussions, and one-on-one meetings with instructors, combine to propel the student towards their academic and professional goals. This course counts toward AU elective credits.

Intercultural Understanding: SISU-130(3 credits)

This course is a block (extended) class which meets once a week. Students will examine the interactions among members of different cultural groups and develop cultural awareness, empathy, and interactive competency. It is a combination of lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities which focus on such themes as intercultural negotiations and social media technology and its intercultural effectiveness. This course counts toward AU Gen Ed Area 3.

Introduction to College Inquiry: SPEX-125(3 credits)

This course develops questioning, research, and problem-solving skills. While collaborating with peers, students will use the practice of inquiry to examine the intellectual endeavors that influence society. This course meets twice a week and includes lectures, discussions, and guest speakers. This course counts toward AU elective credits.

College Writing: WRTG-100(3 credits)

This course prepares students for the writing required throughout their academic career. Students are encouraged to think as a writer – to anticipate the responses of a reader, to explore the depth and breadth of a subject, and to work with language to best express their self and understanding. This course counts toward AU’s writing requirement.

Math, Statistics, or Politics in the U.S. Elective Course(3-4 credits)

Students who wish to take 5 courses can also enroll in a mathematics, statistics, or Politics in the US course. Please note that placement in either mathematics or statistics is determined by placement test and course availability. Students will select their class in consultation with the Mentorship advisor. This course counts toward AU degree requirements.

Some of your classes will be learning laboratories-taking full advantage of our Washington, DC, location. Classes include interactive lectures and guest speakers that could introduce you to diplomats, policy makers, members of Congress, journalists, and lobbyists. You will experience a rich and rigorous curriculum and internship. Following is a sample student schedule.

Monday

8:15 to 9:25 a.m.
College Writing
11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Introduction to College Inquiry
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Elective Class
(Math, Statistics, or Politics in the U.S.)

Tuesday

8:10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Mentored Field Practicum

Wednesday

9:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Mentored Field Practicum Seminar *
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Intercultural Understanding

Thursday

8:15 to 9:25 a.m.
College Writing
11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Introduction to College Inquiry
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Elective Class
(Math, Statistics, or Politics in the U.S.)

Friday

8:10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Mentored Field Practicum

*Note: The Mentored Field Practicum class will meet bi-weekly throughout the semester.

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would like to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or mentorship@american.edu. You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.