Auditing Guidelines By School

Please see below for lists of ineligible/eligible courses by school. All courses require professor or department approval.

Obtaining departmental/instructor approval: You must reach out directly to the department or instructor to obtain written approval for your admittance in the course. A simple email correspondence between you and the listed professor will suffice. You may locate contact information via the online directory. Approvals must be forwarded to alumniaudit@american.edu and received before your registration can be processed with the registrar.

If you have any questions, please contact us at alumniaudit@american.edu or 202-885-5960.

The following courses are not eligible for the alumni audit program:

  • Institutes, seminars, workshops, boot camps, or independent studies

  • Courses that require a special tuition rate or are taught at other institutions through the consortium

All courses require professor or departmental approval:

  • World Languages and Cultures
    • Note: During the summer alumni audit semester, alumni may participate intwo sequential language courses (e.g. Spanish, Elementary I and Spanish, Elementary II; Arabic, Intermediate I and Arabic, Intermediate II) with appropriate departmental approval for each course. An additional application and fee of $150 must be submitted and processed to participate in a second summer language course. 

The following course sections are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • ANTH-421/621 Health Geographies
  • ANTH-422/622 Neoliberal Globalization and Health
  • ANTH-423/623 Militarization and Health
  • ANTH-424/624 Science, Technology and Health
  • ANTH-425/625 Health, Care, and Social Movements
  • PERF-065/165 Musical Theatre Production
  • PERF-066/166 Musical Theatre Role Development
  • Any capstone experience courses
  • Any course sections listed as "Open only to students in the International Accelerator Program"
  • Any courses with a "CAS" or "MUS" course prefix
  • Courses listed with "Restriction: Applied Economics (MA)" or "Restriction: Nutrition Education (MS)"

All courses require department or professor approval.

The following courses are not eligible for audit:

  • FIN-060 Introduction to Finance
  • KSB-100 Business 1.0
  • MGMT-458 Strategic Management
  • Courses restricted to the Honors program
  • Courses restricted to the Professional MBA program, Full-time MBA program, the MS in Marketing program, and the MS Analytics program
  • Online MBA course
  • Online MSAn courses
  • Online courses offered through 2IR, 2U, or Deltek

All courses must be approved through Justin Bernstine, justin@american.edu.

The following courses are eligible for audit:

  • COMM 100 Understanding Media
  • COMM 209 Communication and Society
  • COMM 270 How News Media Shaped History
  • COMM 275 Dissident Media
  • COMM 324 Race, Gender and Sexuality in Media
  • COMM 359 Decisive Moments in Communication
  • COMM 365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM 412 Social Documentary
  • COMM 415 Children, Youth, and Digital Culture
  • COMM 416 The Radical Image
  • COMM 420 Identity, Power, and Misrepresentation
  • COMM 439 Political Communication
  • COMM 441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM 443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM 514 Censorship and Media
  • COMM 567 Communication and Social Change

All courses must be approved through the respective department.

The following courses are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • GOVT-020 Campaign Management Institute
  • GOVT-023 The Art and Craft of Lobbying
  • GOVT-391 Internship
  • GOVT-520 Advanced Studies in Campaign Management
  • GOVT-521 Topics in Campaign Management
  • GOVT-523 The Art and Craft of Lobbying
  • GOVT-524 Topics in Public Affairs/Advocacy
  • JLC-422 Justice Workshop
  • JLC-491 Internship in Justice Setting
  • JLC-621 Justice in the Face of Terror
  • JLC-670 Causes of Terrorism and Political Violence
  • JLC-680 Introduction to Justice Research I
  • JLC-681 Intro to Justice Research II
  • JLC-684 Intelligence Analysis 
  • JLC-690 Independent Study in Justice
  • JLC-691 Internship in Justice Setting
  • JLC-696 Counterterrorism & Law
  • PUAD-610 Public Administration Capstone
  • PUAD-688 Policy Practice
  • PUAD-690 Independent Study
  • PUAD-691 Internship

Online sections of the following courses are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • All MA and MS Online courses in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. Noted with the following in the description: "Instructional Method: Online. Restriction: Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security (MS): Online."
  • PUAD-606 Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • PUAD-612 Intro to Public Administration & the Policy Process
  • PUAD-617 Project Management
  • PUAD-626 Legal Issues in Public Administration
  • PUAD-630 Public Managerial Economics
  • PUAD-633 Budgeting and Financial Management
  • PUAD-650 Leadership in a Changing Workplace
  • PUAD-660 Quantitative Methods
  • PUAD-661 Foundations of Program Evaluation
  • PUAD-665 Managing Human Capital Assets
  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis
  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

All courses require professor approval.

The following courses are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • All online courses delivered through 2IR, 2U, or Deltek
  • SISG Online Courses
  • SISU-050 SIS Mentorship
  • SISU-105 World Politics
  • SISU-140 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • SISU-206 Intro to Int'l Studies Rsrch
  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res
  • SISU-220 Int'l Political Economy
  • SISU-230 Analysis of US Foreign Policy
  • SISU-240 International Development
  • SISU-250 Env Sustainblty/Global Health
  • SISU-260 Identity, Race, Gender & Culture
  • SISU-280 International Organizations
  • SISU-306 Advanced International Studies Research
  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone in International Relations
  • SIS-033 Topics in Int'l Communication
  • SIS-633 Sel Topics in Int'l Comm
  • SIS-653-012 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy: Grand Strategy
  • SIS 793 Practicum in International Affairs