All incoming students to American University, either transfers or freshmen, must take the mathematics placement test, including special programs students (Washington Mentorship Program, UM in DC, International Gateway Program etc.) and non-degree students who want to take a math or stat class. Click "Learn More" to go to the placement test website.
The AU Core includes a two-part Quantitative Literacy requirement that aims to prepare students for an increasingly quantitative and data-dense world. Students in Quantitative Literacy I (Q1) will have the opportunity to strengthen their mathematical or statistical skills. In Quantitative Literacy II (Q2), students will continue to practice and refine their quantitative skills, but they will do so usually in the context of a particular discipline.
- Students will solve quantitative problems including approaches that go beyond memorized procedures.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of mathematical relationships from multiple perspectives, such as functions from graphical, verbal, numerical, and analytic points of view.
Q2 courses should add depth or otherwise extend instructional outcomes from Q1 courses. In a Q2 course offered within an academic department or school the goals of instruction would likely stress applications within a discipline or specialization. Although most majors will designate a specific course or courses in the major as a required Q2, any Q2 may be applied toward the university's graduation requirement.
- Translate real-world questions or intellectual inquiries into quantitative frameworks.
- Select and apply appropriate quantitative methods or reasoning.
- Draw appropriate insights from the application of a quantitative framework.
- Explain quantitative reasoning and insights using appropriate forms of representation so that others could replicate the findings.