AU Core Curriculum

What is the AU Core?

The AU Core Curriculum, American University's inquiry-based liberal arts education, challenges students to put their curiosity to use inside and outside of the classroom. The AU Core fosters the agile thinking that prepares students to engage in a complex, constantly changing world. The AU Core begins with a first-year experience and foundational skills, highlights essential habits of mind, then integrates these skills and habits with the student's major, and culminates in a capstone. At each stage, the AU Core offers sustained attention to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The three components of the AU Core Curriculum include foundation courses, Habits of Mind courses, and integrative courses.

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Core Courses

Browse from our selection of approved Core courses. 


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Core Components

Explore the parts of the curriculum and how they fit together.


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Transferring Credits

Find information about transferring credits into the AU Core


Overview of the AU Core Curriculum

Watch this short explainer video that illustrates how the AU Core Curriculum prepares undergraduate students for their time at AU and beyond.