Auditing Guidelines By School

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

Courses ineligible for audit are listed below by school. Please note that all courses require professor approval. To obtain professor approval, contact the course instructor(s) via email to obtain written approval for admittance to the course(s). Instructor names can be found by expanding the “View Available Sections” tab on the desired course in the schedule of classes, and instructor contact information can be found using the university directory. If no instructor name is listed, department approval will also be accepted. Contact information for academic departments can be found using the university directory. Please attach a copy of your instructor or department approval to your application.

Please note that for the School of Communication, eligible courses are listed below rather than ineligible courses.

The following courses are not eligible for the audit program:

  • Seminars, workshops, boot camps, internships, or independent studies
  • Courses that require a special tuition rate or are taught at other institutions through the consortium
  • Courses facilitated by a third-party vendor

Any questions about course eligibility should be emailed to the appropriate school or department.

Additionally, the following courses are not eligible for the audit program for summer 2021:

  • In-person and hybrid courses

Instructor or department approval is required of all courses selected from the schedule of classes, including back-up courses, and must be received as an attachment to your application. If an instructor or department will not give approval, applicants are encouraged to pick another course. Applications submitted without prior instructor or department approval will be denied.

We encourage audit applicants to use and edit the email template provided below when requesting professor or department approval for a course.

SUBJECT: Permission to Audit [Course Name]

Hello Professor [last name],

Alumni Intro: My name is [your name] and I graduated from AU in [year] with a [degree] in [major/program]. I am writing to seek permission to audit your class, [Class Code – Class Name], for the summer 2021 semester through the Alumni Audit Program. The program requires audit participants to receive permission from professors via email before applying.

Community Intro: My name is [your name] and I am writing to seek permission to audit your class, [Class Code – Class Name], for the summer 2021 semester through the Community Audit Program. The program requires audit participants to receive permission from professors via email before applying.

Alumni and Community: I am currently [current job/goals/schooling]. I am looking to [what you hope to gain from auditing the course] and would appreciate the opportunity to audit your course this summer.

I am happy to discuss expectations around my participation in your course and to answer any questions you may have about my experience or interest. If you have questions about the alumni/community audit program itself, you can email alumniaudit@american.edu / communityaudit@american.edu.

Thank you,

[your name]

All courses require professor or departmental approval.

  • World Languages and Cultures
    • Note: During the summer semester, auditors may participate in two 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 must be submitted and processed to participate in a second summer language course. 

The following course sections are not eligible to audit:

  • AMGT-680 Cultural Policy and the Arts
  • AMGT-696 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring
  • AMGT-794 Lit Review & Proposal Writing
  • AMGT-795 Research and Writing
  • ANTH-423/623 Militarization and Health
  • ARTH-256 Mediterranean Art History
  • ARTH-257 Spanish & European Art History
  • ENVS-324 Environmental Health
  • HIST-085/485/685 Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Beyond
  • HIST-468/668 Topics in Public History – Museums Inside Out
  • HIST-751 Graduate Research Seminar
  • HLTH-366 Spanish for Public Health
  • ISCI-196 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring
  • STAT-320 Biostatistics
  • STAT-415 Regression
  • WGSS-350 Interpreting Gender in Culture
  • WRT-025 STEP Pre-College Writing Seminar
  • WRT-100 College Writing
  • Any capstone or thesis 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 Online(MA)," "Restriction: Nutrition Education (MS)" or “Restriction: Health Promotion Mgmt (MS)” including but not limited to:
    • ECON-600
    • ECON-605-001
    • ECON-624
    • ECON-642
    • ECON-673
    • ECON-680
    • HLTH-530
    • HLTH-570
    • HLTH-610
    • HLTH-615
    • HLTH-625
    • HLTH-630
    • HLTH-640
    • HLTH-641
    • HLTH-645
    • HLTH-650
    • HLTH-651
    • HLTH-655
    • HLTH-683
    • HLTH-696

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
  • KSB-496/696 - American Academic and Business Culture
  • Courses restricted to the Kogod Honors Program
  • Courses restricted to the Full-time MBA program and the MS in Marketing program
  • Online MBA course
  • Online MSAn courses
  • Online MSIRB courses
  • Online MSAn courses
  • Online courses offered through 2IR, 2U, or Deltek

All courses require department or professor approval.

Only the following courses are eligible for audit:

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture
  • COMM-408/608 Social Media Strategies and Tactics
  • COMM-420-002 Podcasting Tools & Techniques
  • COMM-420/620-005 Climate Change and the Media
  • COMM-439 Political Communication
  • COMM-441 Crisis Communication
  • COMM-443/643 Foreign Policy and the Press

Courses in the School of Education are eligible for audit at the professor or department’s discretion. Please obtain professor or department approval prior to submitting the application.

All courses require professor or departmental approval.

The following courses are not eligible for audit:

  • GOVT-020 Campaign Management Institute
  • GOVT-023 The Art and Craft of Lobbying
  • GOVT-102 NSLC
  • GOVT196 - HSSS
  • GOVT-391 Internship
  • GOVT496 – Disability Advocacy
  • 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-102 – NSLC
  • JLC196 - HSSS
  • JLC-422 Justice Workshop
  • JLC-491 Internship in Justice Setting
  • SPA-075/375 Changemakers
  • SPA-361 Leadership
  • SPA-362 Leadership
  • SPA-391 Leadership Internship
  • SPA-460 Political and Organizational Leadership
  • PUAD-610 Public Administration Capstone
  • PUAD-688 Policy Practicum
  • All classes in the MPAP, MSCTHS, Key Executive MPA, and MSOD programs as well as independent studies and internship classes
  • All SAMI classes (SPA 085 and SPA 685)
  • All doctoral-level classes

All courses require professor or departmental approval.

The following courses are not eligible for audit:

  • All online courses delivered through 2IR, 2U, or Deltek
  • SISG Online Courses
  • SISU-050 SIS Mentorship
  • SISU-105 World Politics
  • SISU-205 Intercultural 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-270 Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights in International Affairs
  • 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 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • SIS 793 Practicum in International Affairs