The foundation courses of the AU Core, typically taken in the first year, build the foundation for academic success at American University.
- AU Experience I (1.5 credit hours)
- AU Experience II (1.5 credit hours)
- Complex Problems Seminars (3 credit hours)
- Quantitative Literacy I (3-4 credit hours)
- Written Communication and Information Literacy I (6 credit hours)
The AU Core also includes five Habits of Mind requirements: courses that focus on asking and answering questions through a range of intellectual approaches. These courses may be taken at any time in the degree program.
- Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry (3 credit hours)
- Cultural Inquiry (3 credit hours)
- Ethical Reasoning (3 credit hours)
- Natural-Scientific Inquiry (4 credit hours)
- Socio-Historical Inquiry (3 credit hours)
The integrative courses bring together the inquiry-based values of the AU Core with major-related work. These courses are typically taken in the major, although any appropriately designated course may satisfy the relevant integrative requirement. All students complete a capstone project that showcases their academic accomplishments at American University.