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Washington Mentorship Program Curriculum

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We understand that you have many options for fall semester, prior to beginning your degree program in the spring. The Mentorship Program is flexible—allowing you to take 12 or 15 credits worth of classes. With IB or AP credits, you can easily stay on track to graduate with a 12-credit program. Even without IB or AP credits, you can stay on track to graduate if you enroll in additional classes in future semesters.

Your fall semester schedule consists of four or five 3-credit classes:

  • Mentored Field Practicum (an internship), which counts as AU elective credit
  • Intercultural Understanding, which counts as AU's General Education Area 3
  • College Writing, which counts toward AU's writing requirements
  • Introduction to College Inquiry, which counts as AU elective credit, and
  • your choice of either Politics in the US, a mathematics or a statistics course (to be determined by placement test and course availability), which count toward AU degree requirements

Some of your classes will be learning laboratories—taking full advantage of our Washington, DC, location. Classes include interactive lectures and guest speakers that could introduce you to diplomats, policy makers, members of Congress, journalists, and lobbyists.

You will experience a rich and rigorous curriculum and internship. Here is an example of a WMP student class week.This file requires Adobe Acrobat.

Quote from a student

"My Intercultural Understanding class had some amazing trips to embassies, the World Bank, and brought in some very impressive speakers from places like the US Institute of Peace and the Brookings Institution."
Mark Sullivan, WMP 2014

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would like to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.