College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

Spring 2021 Plan Released

Operations Update: Spring 2021 will feature select opportunities for in-person classes. Read the Spring 2021 announcement.

Find updates and info at AU COVID-19 Resources Page.

Learning Support Services offers Faculty Teaching and Student Learning resources.

News & Events

Girlhood (It's complicated)

AU’s Kathleen Franz Curates New “Girlhood” Exhibit at Smithsonian

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Sunspots Help NASA Understand Flares and Life Around Stars

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Child holding a sign that says "Hungry"

The Growing Hunger Crisis in America

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CAS Achievements

  • Shouzhong Zou (chemistry) and his team at AU had their research on if spinach-based catalysts have the ability to power fuel cells published in IEEE SpectrumOctober 2020

  • Christine Platt (antiracist research and policy center) spoke with the Wall Street Journal for a story about how Black parents and discussions about racism and protests are evolving in the wake of the social justice movement. September 2020

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painting from AU Museum people in DC

Art in the Age of Fake News

Like politicians, artists have always blurred fact and fiction. AU Museum’s new exhibition explores art and truth.

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AU College: The Faculty Experts’ Corner

Faculty scholars from American University’s College of Arts and Sciences share their research and expertise on the pressing issues of the day, including the many aspects of COVID-19 and their far-reaching consequences.

Growing Passion, Reducing Impact

Being able to be part of this is just an incredible feeling.

AU becoming carbon neutral instills me with such a feeling of pride. I've worked on so many different aspects of sustainability-social media promotion, sustainability-themed trivia night, and the Waste Race, a competition between residence halls to divert trash away from landfill and into compost and recycling-so reaching this milestone still gives me goosebumps.

Learn more about ways to get involved with Sustainability at AU.

Why the College of Arts & Sciences?

Students and alumni discuss distinctive features of the College, why they chose their particular degrees, and program opportunities they pursued.