College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

Spring 2021 Plan Released

Operations Update: Spring 2021 will feature select opportunities for in-person classes. Read the Spring 2021 announcement.

Find updates and info at AU COVID-19 Resources Page.

Learning Support Services offers Faculty Teaching and Student Learning resources.

News & Events

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner Wins First Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence

Described as a "Nobel Prize" in the study of the Jewish experience

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The AU humanities truck

AU Humanities Truck Receives $100,000 Grant to Feed DC’s Hungry

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National Guard members at the Reflecting Pool in DC for the 2021 inauguration

DC's Homeless Upended by Inauguration

AU's Aaron Howe & Shannon Clark helped move people off streets before Inauguration

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The year 2021

Our Hopes for 2021

Faculty share their hopes and dreams for the upcoming year

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CAS Achievements

  • Daniel Kerr (history) received an award of $100,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation for his project called "Food Security in DC during COVID-19" with the purpose of supporting the activities of the Humanities Truck during the coronavirus pandemic. January 2021

  • Vladimir Airapetian (physics) received an award of $21,366 from NASA for his project called "Exploring Evolving Magnetic Activity of Young Suns with Nicer." December 2020

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AU College: The Faculty Experts’ Corner

Faculty scholars from American University’s College of Arts and Sciences share their research and expertise on the pressing issues of the day, including the many aspects of COVID-19 and their far-reaching consequences.

Growing Passion, Reducing Impact

Being able to be part of this is just an incredible feeling.

AU becoming carbon neutral instills me with such a feeling of pride. I've worked on so many different aspects of sustainability-social media promotion, sustainability-themed trivia night, and the Waste Race, a competition between residence halls to divert trash away from landfill and into compost and recycling-so reaching this milestone still gives me goosebumps.

Learn more about ways to get involved with Sustainability at AU.

Why the College of Arts & Sciences?

Students and alumni discuss distinctive features of the College, why they chose their particular degrees, and program opportunities they pursued.