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Advising | Academic Counselors & Appointments


  • CAS Undergraduate Advising
    Fax: 202-885-2429
    Battelle Tompkins, Room 168

    Jones, Christina Noami
    Administrative Assistant

Mailing Address

The CAS Academic Advising System

Students entering the College of Arts and Sciences are assigned professional academic counselors based upon their intended majors. Students who have not indicated a major are assigned counselors based on their last names. Our counselors are available to assist students with any issues related to their academic career at American University. They are also a valuable resource for discovering the many opportunities that AU provides. We recommend you meet with your counselor regularly. Students are required to meet with their counselor at least once per semester to obtain authorization to register for the next term's classes.

By the end of your sophomore year, you should formally declare the majors in which you expect to earn your degrees. (See Declaring majors and minors.) Upon declaring a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department you will be majoring in. Once you have declared your major, you should obtain authorization to register for classes from your faculty advisor. However, our CAS counselors remain available to you at all levels.

Academic Counseling Team

  • Marla Boren, Director
    Undergraduate Advising, Retention, and Recruitment
  • Emily Jones-Green, Assistant Director
    Retention and Recruitment
  • Tyler Atkins-Mose
    audio production, audio technology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, music, musical theater, physics, theater, undecided students I-O, and pre-law
  • Shannon Smith
    anthropology, health promotion, environmental studies/science, undecided students A-H.
  • Darian Mitchell
    biology, economics, math and economics, 
    neuroscience, undecided students P-S
  • Andrea Malamisura
    psychology and public health
  • Alicia Mandac, Senior Academic Counselor
    Arab world studies, studio art, art history, graphic design, literature, sociology, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, undecided students T-Z
  • Jack Ramsay
    American studies, Asian studies, elementary education, history, Jewish studies, mathematics, philosophy, religious studies,  statistics, world languages and area studies
  • Peer Advisors 

 24-hour Online Appointment Scheduler

For Dean's Signature

Students needing the Dean's signature should contact their Academic Counselor (who has authority as Dean's designee) for fastest processing. In most cases, the Academic Counselor has the authority and responsibility as the Dean's designee to sign forms, Dean's reports, etc. In cases where a higher level of approval as is necessary, the Academic Counselor will ensure required signature is obtained. For further info: ask-cas@american.edu

How to Meet with Your CAS Academic Counselor

Appointments: Made online with our 24-hour Online Appointment Scheduler and are scheduled to last 30 minutes. Appointments are recommended for:

•Registration planning/ clearance
•Choice of major(s)
•Academic program planning; planning for graduation
•Study abroad, internship, or independent studies
•Taking a leave of absence/ returning after an absence
•Academic success

Walk-ins: Each counselor holds weekly walk-in hours and they are handled on a first come/first served basis. Walk-in advising only focuses on one issue and are limited to 15 minutes. Walk-in advising is appropriate for:

•Emergency affecting academic progress
•Withdrawal from AU
•Late actions concerning registration deadlines
•Signatures on forms
•Registration stops
•Degree audit issues/ graduation clearance
•Sharing positive academic news

Student Confidentiality

Students at American University are protected by the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), 1974. No information about a student's academic performance will be disclosed to anyone outside of the university without written permission from the student.