We Offer Flexibility

We understand that you have many options for fall semester, prior to beginning your degree program in the spring. The Mentorship Program DC features a flexible curriculum of up to 14.5 credits that allows you to graduate on time with the class of 2024.

Courses and Schedule

Your fall semester schedule will consist of four or five classes:

SPEXS 120 Mentored Field Practicum(4 credits)

This course supports and complements the internship (practicum) that you will be in three days each week. Your MFP course will include written assignments, readings, lectures, discussions, and one-on-one meetings with your MFP professor. These experiences will help you assess your professional development while you are in the practicum/internship.

This course counts as an AU elective.

CORE 106 Complex Problems Seminar(3 credits)

This required seminar for all students during their first year at American University demonstrates the value of a approaching important conceptual problems and social issues from a variety of perspectives, often from multiple disciplines and including multiple voices.

WRTG 100 College Writing(3 credits)

This course prepares you for the writing required throughout your academic career. You will be encouraged to think as a writer - to anticipate the responses of a reader, to explore the depth and breadth of a subject, and to learn to best express yourself and understanding.

This course can be applied to the Written Communication & Information Literacy I requirement.

AUx1 The American University Experience(1.5 credits)

The American University Experience (AUx) is a full-year course for students transitioning into their first year of college at AU. You will complete AUx1 in the fall semester. In this course, you will establish short and long-term goals and build academic skills for college success.

SPExS 110 Toolkit for Success(1 credit)

Required for international students only. This course, open only to international students, equips students with knowledge about DC, study skills for increased academic success, professional cultural adaptation, and community engagement.

You can also take 1 additional course (for a 14.5-credit semester) from the following list.

GOVT 110 Politics in the United States (3 credits)

Explore the American political system and government. This course counts as an elective course and is a requirement for certain majors.

Math 125, 170, 211 (3 or 4 credits)

Take a math course to build on your quantitative literacy. Enrollment will be based on course availability and results of the math placement test. Math courses can be applied to the Quantitative Literacy I requirement.

Economics 100, 150, 200(3 credits)

You have the option to take one of three economics courses (determined by your major). Fulfills major requirement or elective.

Please Note:

Biology majors (under College of Arts & Sciences) – it is suggested that you take BIO 110.
Business majors (under Kogod School of Business) – it is suggested that you take ECON 150.

The following is a sample student schedule. There are two different tracks. You may choose your preferred track based on availability.

Track 1: Monday/Thursday Classes

  • College Writing
  • Complex Problems Seminar
  • Elective Course (Math, Stats, Politics, or Econ)
  • AUx1
  • Mentored Field Practicum

Internship: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday

Track 2: Tuesday/Friday Classes

  • College Writing
  • Complex Problems Seminar
  • Elective Course (Math, Stats, Politics, or Econ)
  • AUx1
  • Mentored Field Practicum

Internship: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday

Through our partnership with University College (UC) students in the Mentorship Program join AU's largest living learning community. In this program, students enroll in a complex problems seminar which satisfies one of your first AU Core requirements, introducing you to university level inquiry.


Students live together in first-year residence halls. Each floor has a theme inspired by a group of UC courses, which in turn inspires community events throughout the semester.


Courses are hand-picked Complex Problems seminars from the AU Core curriculum. The seminars are clustered into 3 uniquely themed cohorts, creating an environment for collaboration and communication across the classes.

Live & Learn at AU


Students in the Mentorship Program will be a part of University College, AU's largest living-learning community. This exceptional opportunity for first-year students combines the best residential and academic experiences!