We Offer Flexibility

We understand that you have many options for fall semester, prior to beginning your degree program in the spring. The Washington Mentorship Program is flexible - allowing you to take 13.5-17.5 credits of AU classes. With IB or AP credits, you can easily stay on track to graduate if you select 13.5-credits; and without IB or AP credits, you can stay on track to graduate if you enroll in additional classes in future semesters.

Courses and Schedule

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

Mentored Field Practicum: SPEX-120 (3 credits)

This course supports and complements the internship (practicum) that you will be in two 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.

Intercultural Understanding: SISU-130 (3 credits)

This course is a block (extended) class which meets once a week. You will examine the interactions among different cultural groups and develop cultural awareness, empathy, and interactive competency. The course features a combination of lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities that focus on such themes as intercultural negotiations and social media technology and its intercultural effectiveness.

This course will count as an AU elective course.

College Writing: WRTG-100 (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 work with language to best express yourself and understanding.

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

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.

In addition, you will take 1 additional course (for a 13.5-credit semester) or 2 courses (for a 17.5-credit semester) from the following list.

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 or Statistics (3 or 4 credits)

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

Introduction to College Inquiry (3 credits)

You will develop questioning, research, and problem-solving skills. While collaborating with your peers, you will use the practice of inquiry to examine the intellectual endeavors that influence society. This course counts as an AU elective.

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. The following is a sample student schedule.

Monday

8:10 to 9:25 a.m.
College Writing
11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Elective course
(Math, Statistics, Politics in the US, or Introduction to College Inquiry)
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Elective Class
(Math, Statistics, Politics in the US, or Introduction to College Inquiry)

Tuesday

9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mentored Field Practicum/Internship Day

Wednesday

9:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Mentored Field Practicum Seminar
11:20 to 12:35 a.m.
The American University Experience
2:30 to 5:20 p.m.
Intercultural Understanding

Thursday

8:10 to 9:25 a.m.
College Writing
11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Elective Class
(Math, Statistics, Politics in the US, or Introduction to College Inquiry)
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Elective Class
(Math, Statistics, Politics in the US, or Introduction to College Inquiry)

Friday

9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mentored Field Practicum/Internship Day

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.