American University
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American University

Private liberal arts and research-based university in Washington, D.C.

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American University (AU) was founded in 1893. AU offers more than 160 academic programs, including 71 bachelor’s degrees, 87 master’s degrees, and 10 doctorates. It is especially known for its programs in political science and government, in international relations, and in business.

AU does not offer online undergraduate degrees, though it does offer several online graduate-level degree programs.

AU is associated with two Nobel laureates—Robert S. Mulliken for chemistry and H.S. Gasser for physiology or medicine.

Other distinguished AU-connected individuals include the following:

  • Computer scientist, Bruce Schneier
  • Novelists—Arnošt Lustig, Ann Beattie, Florence King, and Robert Bausch
  • Biographer, David Garrow
  • Film directors, Barry Levinson and Nancy Meyers
  • Actors—Goldie Hawn, Gale Harold, and Benjamin Salisbury
  • Comedian, Bryan Callen
  • Contemporary classical composer, Lloyd Ultan
  • Popular musician, Henry Rollins (Henry Lawrence Garfield)
  • Sculptor, Frederick Hart
  • Physicist, Ross Gunn
  • Chemist and educator, James B. Conant
  • Psychologist and African American Studies scholar, Edmund W. Gordon
  • Historian, Elizabeth Eisenstein
  • Economists, Julian Simon and Dambisa Moyo
  • Political scientists, James A. Thurber and Mary King
  • Legal scholar, Kenneth Anderson
  • Anthropologist and crime writer, Kathy Reichs
  • Radio talk show hosts, Bob Edwards and Clark Howard
  • Television news commentators—Cal Thomas, Steve Scully, Alisyn Camerota, David Gregory, Neil Cavuto, Barry McCaffrey, and Ayman Mohyeldin
  • Television personalities, Judith Susan Sheindlin (Jude Judy) and Willard Scott
  • Women’s rights activist, Alice Paul
  • Civil rights activist, Julian Bond
  • FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) founder and president, Greg Lukianoff
  • Political consultant, Corey Lewandowski
  • German Green Party co-founder, Petra Kelly
  • US foreign-policy commentator and historian, Robert Kagan
  • Political activist and 2000 US presidential candidate, Ralph Nader
  • Former US Representative, Paul Ryan
  • Current US Representatives—Donna Shalala, Jim Ramstad, Haley Stevens, Jamie Raskin, and Jim McGovern
  • Former US Senators, Robert Byrd and Max Cleland
  • Lebanese diplomat and philosopher, Charles Malick
  • Current Kurdish Prime Minister, Masrour Barzani
  • Current President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio
  • Current President of Columbia, Iván Duque Márquez

AU is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS).

From Wikipedia

The American University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Its main campus spans 90 acres on Ward Circle, mostly in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest D.C. AU was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893 at the urging of Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst, who sought to create an institution that would promote public service, internationalism, and pragmatic idealism. AU broke ground in 1902, opened in 1914, and admitted its first undergraduates in 1925. Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, religious affiliation is not a criterion for admission.

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4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016-8001

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