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Office of Undergraduate Studies
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Jimmy Ellis
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Office of Undergraduate Studies
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Washington, DC 20016

From May onward as you complete the Student Planner, you will begin to design a schedule for the fall semester. The links below will help you learn about recommended course schedules for all the majors and options you can pursue at American University. You can refer to this information if you are still deciding on a major, or thinking about a second major.

Notes for all majors below: "College Writing" can mean two things. By default, this will refer to WRTG-100 in the fall semester and WRTG-101 in the spring semester. However, students with AP or IB credit toward college-level writing can take WRTG-106 either semester instead. Details for any "University Mathematics Requirement" course and "Foreign Language course" will be determined by their respective placement tests.

Some students may have already satisfied the University Mathematics Requirement with scores they've earned on standardized tests. See section 8.3.5 of the Undergraduate Rules and Regulations for the full enumeration of tests and score thresholds.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

American Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • AMST-200 American Dreams/American Lives
  • AMST-140 Washington, D.C.: Life in a Monument (not required for the major but designed for first-year students) or General Education course
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • AMST-240 Poverty and Culture
  • AMST-140 Washington, D.C.: Life in a Monument (not required for the major but designed for first-year students) or General Education course
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Anthropology

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ANTH-110 Culture & the Human Experience or ANTH-150 Anthropology of American Life
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ANTH-251 Anthropological Theory
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Two General Education courses

Arab World Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • AWST-115 Introduction to the Arab World
  • SOCY-150 Global Sociology or GOVT-110 Politics in the U.S.
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • SOCY-225 Arab Societies
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • AWST Elective or General Education course
  • General Education course

Arabic, French, German, Russian, and Spanish Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • Major language (Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at appropriate level
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • One or two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • Major language (Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at appropriate level
  • University Mathematics Requirement (if not taken in fall)
  • One or two General Education courses
  • Elective

Art History

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ARTH-105 Art: The Historical Experience
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • One or two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following:
    • ARTH-205 Art of the Renaissance
    • ARTH-210 Modern Art: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
    • ARTH 225 Buddhist Art of Asia
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • One or two General Education courses

Asian Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • RELG-185 Forms of the Sacred: Religions of the East or SISU-212 China, Japan & the United States
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • General Education course or elective
  • General Education course or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ASIA-100 or other introductory course on Asia
  • General Education course
  • General Education course
  • General Education course

Audio Production

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ATEC-101 Fundamentals of Audio Technology with ATEC-102 Audio Technology Lab
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course
  • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ATEC-301 Digital Audio Workstations I or ATEC-321 Sound Synthesis I
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education courses

Audio Technology

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ATEC-101 Fundamentals of Audio Technology with ATEC-102 Audio Technology Lab
  • PERF-120 Music Fundamentals
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media or COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • ATEC-301 Digital Audio Workstations I or ATEC-321 Sound Synthesis I
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course

Biochemistry

First semester

  • College Writing
  • BIO-110 General Biology I
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-170 Pre-Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • BIO-210 General Biology II
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • MATH-221 Calculus I or
    • MATH-222 Calculus II

Biology

First semester

  • College Writing
  • BIO-110 General Biology I
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-170 Pre-Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I
  • General Education course or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • BIO-210 General Biology II
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I or
    • MATH-222 Calculus II
  • General Education course or elective

Chemistry

First semester

  • College Writing
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-170 Pre-Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I
  • One or two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • MATH-221 Calculus I or
    • MATH-222 Calculus II
  • One or two General Education courses

Computational Science

First semester

  • College Writing
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-211 Applied Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I
  • General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • CSC-281 Introduction to Computer Science II
  • Upper level CSC course with a prerequisite of CSC-280
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • MATH-222 Calculus II
  • General Education course

Computer Science

First semester

  • College Writing
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-211 Applied Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I
  • General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • CSC-281 Introduction to Computer Science II
  • Upper level CSC course with a prerequisite of CSC-280
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • MATH-222 Calculus II
  • General Education course

Economics

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-170 Pre-Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I
    • Note: Calculus is required for the BS, but not for BA. However, Calculus is strongly recommended to keep options open
  • General Education course
  • General Education course or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus
  • General Education course
  • General Education course or elective

Elementary Education

First semester

  • College Writing
  • HIST-205 American Encounters or HIST-215 Social Forces that Shaped America
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • ARTS or PERF General Education course
  • General Education course or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • EDU-205 Schools & Society
  • EDU-321 Field Experience: Observation and Analysis (1 Credit)
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Two or three General Education courses

Environmental Science

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ENVS-160 Introduction to Environmental Science I
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-170 Pre-Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ENVS-260 Introduction to Environmental Science II
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I

Environmental Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ENVS-160 Introduction to Environmental Science I
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I or
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus
  • General Education course (in foundational area 1 or 2) or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ENVS-260 Introduction to Environmental Science II
  • SISU-105 World Politics
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course

Foreign Language and Communication Media

Tracks are available in French, German, Russian, or Spanish, combined with broadcast journalism, print journalism, public communication, or film and media arts.

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • Major language (Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at appropriate level
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • One or two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media (if not taken in fall)
  • Major language (Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at appropriate level
  • University Mathematics Requirement (if not taken in fall)
  • General Education course(s)

Graphic Design

First semester

  • College Writing
  • GDES-200 Visual Communication Design
  • GDES-210 Typography I or GDES-220 Digital and Emerging Media Design I
  • ARTH-105 Art: The Historical Experience
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • GDES-210 Typography I or GDES-220 Digital and Emerging Media Design I
  • One of the following:
    • GDES-230 Graphic Design History
    • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (not a requirement for the major, but highly advisable)
    • General Education course
  • University Mathematics Requirement (if not taken in fall)

Health Promotion

First semester

  • College Writing
  • HPRM-240 Introduction to Health Promotion (may be taken in fall or spring)
  • PSYC-105 Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • HPRM-240 Introduction to Health Promotion (if not taken in fall)
  • BIO-110 General Biology
    • Prerequisite: completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH-170, MATH-211, MATH-221, or STAT-202
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course or elective

History

First semester

  • College Writing
  • 100 or 200 level history course
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course
  • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • 100 or 200 level history course
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Two General Education courses

Jewish Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • HEBR-116 Hebrew, Elementary Modern I
  • JWST-205 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Civilization
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • HEBR-117 Hebrew, Elementary Modern II
  • JWST-210 Voices of Modern Jewish Literature
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Language and Area Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following:
    • SIS-140 Cross Cultural Communications
    • GOVT-130 Comparative Politics
    • SIS-105 World Politics
  • Major language (Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at appropriate level
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • One or two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • Area Studies course
  • Major language (Arabic, French, German, Russian, or Spanish) at appropriate level
  • University Mathematics Requirement (if not taken in fall)
  • One or two General Education courses

Literature

First semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following:
    • LIT-107 Creative Writing Across Genres
    • LIT-121 Rethinking Literature
    • LIT-146 Critical Approach to Cinema
  • One of the following survey courses:
    • LIT-150 Third World Literature
    • LIT-210 Survey of American Literature I
    • LIT-220 Survey of British Literature I
    • LIT-225 The African Writer
    • LIT-252 Survey of Literary Theory
    • or an elective
  • Two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following survey courses:
    • LIT-150 Third World Literature
    • LIT-211 Survey of American Literature II
    • LIT-221 Survey of British Literature II
    • LIT-235 African-American Literature
    • LIT-240 Asian-American Literature
    • LIT-246 Cinema and the Twentieth Century
    • LIT-252 Survey of Literary Theory
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • General Education course
  • General Education course or elective

Mathematics

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-221 Calculus I, if eligible, or next higher course in sequence if MATH-221 is already fulfilled
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • MATH-222 Calculus II or next higher course in sequence
  • Second mathematics course:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus or
    • another mathematics course
  • Two General Education courses

Mathematics and Economics

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-221 Calculus I, if eligible
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • MATH-222 Calculus II or CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science
  • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus
  • General Education course

Music

First semester

  • College Writing
  • MUS-122 Private Instrumental or Vocal Study
  • PERF-124 Music Theory I
  • PERF-227 Musicianship I
  • One of the following:
    • PERF-142 University Chorus
    • PERF-143 University Singers
    • PERF-144 University Orchestra
    • PERF-145 Chamber Ensembles
    • PERF-146 Jazz Ensemble
    • Note for all of these: Ensemble auditions take place the first week of the semester
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • MUS-122 Private Instrumental or Vocal Study
  • PERF-125 Music Theory II
  • PERF-228 Musicianship II
  • One of the following:
    • PERF-142 University Chorus
    • PERF-143 University Singers
    • PERF-144 University Orchestra
    • PERF-145 Chamber Ensembles
    • PERF-146 Jazz Ensemble
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • General Education course

Musical Theatre

First semester

  • College Writing
  • PERF-227 Musicianship I
    • Prerequisite: PERF-120 or equivalent experience in music. Contact fernando@american.edu or nsnider@american.edu for information on the theory diagnostic test. If the diagnostic test is unsuccessful, you must take PERF-227 in your second year fall and PERF-228 in your second year spring.
  • One of the following:
    • PERF-115 Theatre: Principles, Plays, and Performances
    • PERF-251 Fundamentals of Acting I
    • PERF-260 Stagecraft
  • PERF-255 Fundamentals of Dance
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • Applied Voice
  • One of the following:
    • PERF-228 Musicianship II
    • PERF-115 Theatre: Principles, Plays, and Performance
    • PERF-251 Fundamentals of Acting I
    • PERF-252 Fundamentals of Acting II
    • PERF-260 Stagecraft
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course

Neuroscience

First semester

  • College Writing
  • BIO-110 General Biology I
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • MATH-170 Pre-Calculus or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • BIO-210 General Biology II
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II
  • Mathematics, continued:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or
    • MATH-221 Calculus I

Performing Arts: Theatre

First semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following:
    • PERF-115 Theatre: Principles, Plays, and Performances
    • PERF-251 Fundamentals of Acting I
    • PERF-260 Stagecraft
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • Applied Voice
  • One of the following:
    • PERF-115 Theatre: Principles, Plays, and Performance
    • PERF-251 Fundamentals of Acting I
    • PERF-252 Fundamentals of Acting II
    • PERF-260 Stagecraft
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Philosophy

First semester

  • College Writing
  • PHIL-105 Western Philosophy
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course
  • Foreign language course or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • PHIL-220 Moral Philosophy or PHIL-235 Theories of Democracy and Human Rights
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education courses

Physics

If eligible to take MATH-221 Calculus I first semester:

First semester

  • College Writing
  • MATH-221 Calculus I
  • PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science or General Education courses outside of physics

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • MATH-222 Calculus II
  • PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science or General Education courses outside of physics

If eligible to take MATH-170 Precalculus first semester:

First semester

  • College Writing
  • MATH-170 Precalculus
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science or General Education courses outside of physics
  • General Education courses outside of physics

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • MATH-221 Calculus I
  • PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I
  • General Education courses outside of physics

Psychology

First semester

  • College Writing
  • PSYC-105 Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (if eligible)
  • Two General Education courses outside of psychology

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • PSYC-115 Psychology as a Natural Science with PSYC-116 Psychology as a Natural Science Lab
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course outside of psychology
  • Free elective

Public Health

First semester

  • College Writing
  • PUBH-110 Intro to Public Health
  • BIO-110 General Biology
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (if eligible)

Second semester

If interested in Bachelor of Arts:

  • College Writing
  • BIO-110 General Biology I
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (if not taken fall semester)
  • General Education courses in foundation areas 1-3

If interested in Bachelor of Science:

  • College Writing
  • BIO-210 General Biology II
  • General Education courses in foundation areas 1-3

Religious Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following:
    • RELG-105 The Religious Heritage of the West
    • RELG-145 Religion Without Borders
    • RELG-185 The Religious Heritage of Asia
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course
  • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • RELG-225 Meaning and Purpose in the Arts
  • One of the following:
    • RELG-210 Non-Western Religious Traditions
    • RELG-220 Religious Thought
    • RELG-245 Stories of South Asia
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course

Sociology

First semester

  • College Writing
  • SOCY course at the 100 level
  • University Mathematics Requirement
  • Two General Education courses
  • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • SOCY course at the 100 or 200 level
  • University Mathematics Requirement (if not taken in fall)
  • General Education course
  • Elective

Statistics

First semester

  • College Writing
  • One of the following:
    • University Mathematics Requirement:
      • MATH-221 Calculus I, if eligible, or next higher course in sequence if MATH-221 is already fulfilled
      • STAT-202 Basic Statistics
      • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus
    • or CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • One or two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • MATH-222 Calculus II, or next higher course in sequence
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (if not taken in fall)
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics or STAT-302 Intermediate Statistics
  • One or two General Education courses

Studio Art

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ARTS-205 The Artist's Perspective: Drawing or ARTS-210 The Artist's Perspective: Painting
  • ARTS-105 Art: The Historical Experience
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • General Education course or elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ARTH-210 Modern Art: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • One of the following:
    • ARTS-205 The Artist's Perspective: Drawing
    • ARTS-210 The Artist’s Perspective: Painting
    • ARTS-215 The Artist’s Perspective: Sculpture
    • ARTS 235 The Artist’s Perspective: Multimedia
  • General Education course

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • WGSS-125 Gender in Society
  • University Mathematics Requirement:
    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (if eligible)
  • Two General Education courses

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • WGSS-150 Women's Voices through Time
  • University Mathematics Requirement (if not taken in fall)
  • Two General Education courses
  • WGSS Elective
    • selected in consultation with the WGSS Program Director, Professor Lauren Weis, weis@american.edu

Kogod School of Business (KSB)

Notes for all Kogod students:

ECON-100 Macroeconomics and ECON-200 Microeconomics are required for all business majors and also satisfy General Education requirements in Foundational Area Four. All Kogod students must also satisfy both the Applied Calculus and Statistics requirements. Students with with an appropriate math placement score should take MATH-221 Calculus I instead of MATH-211 Applied Calculus I. Students needing to strengthen their quantitative skills should begin with MATH-160 Applied Pre-Calculus or MATH 170 Pre-Calculus.

All Kogod students must also have a laptop computer. Please review the laptop policy here.

Accounting

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • KSB-100 Business 1.0
  • STAT-204 Business Statistics (fulfills the University Mathematics Requirement)
  • One General Education course, not from area 4

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I or ITEC-320 Business Analytics
  • ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship or one General Education course, not from area 4

Business Administration

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • KSB-100 Business 1.0
  • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I or STAT-204 Business Statistics (fulfills the University Mathematics Requirement)
  • One General Education course, not from area 4

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • STAT-204 Business Statistics or MATH-211 Applied Calculus I
  • ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship or one General Education course, not from area 4

Business and Entertainment

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • KSB-100 Business 1.0
  • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I or STAT-204 Business Statistics (fulfills the University Mathematics Requirement)
  • One General Education course, not from area 4

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • STAT-204 Business Statistics or MATH-211 Applied Calculus I
  • ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship or one General Education course, not from area 4

Business, Language & Culture

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • KSB-100 Business 1.0
  • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I or STAT-204 Business Statistics (fulfills the University Mathematics Requirement)
  • Foreign Language course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • STAT-204 Business Statistics or MATH-211 Applied Calculus I
  • ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Foreign Language course

Finance

First semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • KSB-100 Business 1.0
  • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I or STAT-204 Business Statistics (fulfills the University Mathematics Requirement)
  • One General Education course, not from area 4

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • STAT-204 Business Statistics or MATH-211 Applied Calculus I
  • ACCT-240 Principles of Financial Accounting
  •  MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship or one General Education course, not from area 4

School of Communication (SOC)

Note: Foreign language study is listed as an option in all majors below but is only required for the Foreign Language and Communication Media major.

Communication Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Film and Media Arts

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-250 Digital Imaging or General Education course
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Foreign Language and Communication Media

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course
  • General Education course
  • General Education course

Journalism

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-200 Writing for Communication
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Public Relations and Strategic Communication

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course
  • General Education course

Undeclared in SOC

First semester

  • College Writing
  • COMM-100 Understanding Media
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Foreign language course or General Education course
  • General Education course
  • General Education course

School of International Service (SIS)

International Studies

First semester

  • College Writing
  • SISU-050 SIS Mentorship Program
  • SISU-105 World Politics
  • SISU-106 First Year Seminar or University Mathematics Requirement
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics
  • Foreign Language course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • SISU-106 First Year Seminar or University Mathematics Requirement
  • SISU-140 Cross Cultural Communication
  • ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • Foreign Language course

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG)

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • SPA-189 Introduction to CLEG
  • GOVT-110 Politics in the United States
  • One of the following:
    • ECON-100 Macroeconomics
    • ECON-200 Microeconomics
    • JLC-104 Introduction to Systems of Justice

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • Two of the following:
    • ECON-100 Macroeconomics
    • ECON-200 Microeconomics
    • JLC-104 Introduction to Systems of Justice
  • One of the following:
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Justice and Law

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • JLC-104 Introduction to Systems of Justice
  • Two courses chosen from any combination of the following:
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • JLC-103 Critical Issues in Justice
  • Two courses chosen from any combination of the following:
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Law and Society

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • JLC-101 Introduction to Law
  • One of the following:
    • JLC-110 Western Legal Traditions
    • JLC-202 History of International Thought and Law
  • One of the following:
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • One of the following:
    • JLC-201 Philosophical Problems in the Law
    • JLC-225 American Legal Culture
  • Two courses chosen from any combination of the following:
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Political Science

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • GOVT-110 Politics in the United States
  • Two courses chosen from any combination of the following:
    • GOVT-130 Comparative Politics
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • SIS-105 World Politics
  • Two courses chosen from the following:
    • GOVT-130 Comparative Politics
    • General Education course
    • Elective

Politics, Policy and Law (Three-Year BA): CLEG Track

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • JLC-101 Introduction to Law (required cohort course)
  • SPA-101 PPL Scholars Lab I (required cohort course)
  • General Education course

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or STAT-202 Basic Statistics
  • GOVT-110 Politics in the United States
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • GOVT-220 American Constitution (required cohort course)
  • PPL Cohort Lab (required cohort course)

Politics, Policy and Law (Three-Year BA): Law & Society Track

First semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or General Education course
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • JLC-101 Introduction to Law (required cohort course)
  • SPA-101 PPL Scholars Lab I (required cohort course)
  • JLC-104 Introduction to Systems of Justice

Second semester

  • College Writing
  • University Mathematics Requirement or STAT-202 Basic Statistics
  • JLC-201 Philosophical Problems in the Law
  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics or ECON-200 Microeconomics
  • GOVT-220 American Constitution (required cohort course)
  • PPL Cohort Lab (required cohort course)

Washington Mentorship Program

First semester

  • College Writing
  • SISU-130 Intercultural Understanding
  • SPEX-196/SPEX-125 Introduction to College Inquiry
  • SPEX-120 Mentored Field Practicum
  • An optional fifth elective of either GOVT-110 Politics in the U.S. or a course satisfying the University Mathematics Requirement

About the optional fifth course:

The following elective is recommended, based on each intended school or major:

  • School of Communication
    • Either GOVT-110 or a mathematics course toward the University Mathematics Requirement
  • School of Public Affairs
    • Government major: GOVT-110
    • Justice, Law & Criminology major: a mathematics course (toward the University Mathematics Requirement) is preferred
  • Kogod School of Business
    • University Mathematics Requirement
  • School of International Service
    • Either GOVT-110 or a mathematics course toward the University Mathematics Requirement
  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Please select "Progress" in the Student Planning Tool and select your intended/interested degree program to review suggested courses and determine whether to enroll in GOVT-110 or a mathematics course toward the University Mathematics Requirement

If you have placed out of GOVT-110 and/or the University Mathematics Requirement, you may select a different elective in consultation with the Mentorship Office. All such electives should be either:

  • a Monday/Thursday course (anytime), or
  • a night class (preferably that does not meet on Tuesday/Friday).