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 105 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.

In order to graduate in 4 years, you need to 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, 160, 170, 211, 221 (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.
 

STAT 202, 203, 204 (3 or 4 credits)

Take a statistics course to build on your quantitative literacy. Enrollment will be based on course availability and results of the math placement test. Statistics 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.

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
  • Elective Course (Math, Stats, Politics, or Econ)
  • AUx1
  • Mentored Field Practicum

Internship: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday


Track 2: Tuesday/Friday Classes

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

Internship: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
 

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 mentorship@american.edu. You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.