Auditing Guidelines By School

Please see below for lists of ineligible/eligible courses by school and to find out if the course you are interested in requires departmental 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

If you are interested in an online or hybrid course, please note that these courses require professor or departmental approval.

The following courses require professor or departmental approval:

  • All courses that require a prerequisite
  • Anthropology (500 level and above)
  • Audio Technology (all courses)
  • Art (all courses)
  • Health and Fitness (all courses)
  • History (500 level and above)
  • World Languages and Cultures (all courses)
    • 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. 
  • Literature (400 level and above)
  • Psychology (all courses)
  • Sociology (all courses)

The following course sections are not eligible for alumni audit:

  • 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" course prefix
  • Courses listed with "Restriction: Applied Economics (MA)" or "Restriction: Nutrition Education (MS)"

All courses that have a prerequisite require department or professor approval.

The following courses are not eligible for audit:

  • 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 412 Social Documentary
  • COMM 414 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema
  • COMM 416 Masters of European Cinema
  • COMM 443 Foreign Policy and the Press
  • COMM 514 Censorship and Media
  • COMM 560 Backpack Documentary

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
  • 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:

  • 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 instructor 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