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UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS


College Writing and English Competency Requirement
All students must be able to write in
English with a level of mastery equivalent to the demands
of college course work. In addition, students need to
acquire the critical reading skills needed for all their
college courses.
Students
satisfy the College Writing and English Competency
requirement by taking one of the required 6credit
course sequences listed below during the freshman
year. Students must achieve a grade of C or better.
Nonnative and native speakers of English must meet
the same requirements:
 LIT100 College Writing and
LIT101
College Writing Seminar
 LIT102
College Writing and
LIT103
College Writing Seminar
(for
students who need extra work on language skills)

LIT130 Honors English I and
LIT131
Honors English II
 LIT205
Issues, Ideas, and Words and
LIT101
College Writing Seminar or
LIT103
College Writing Seminar
(for AEL program students)

The College Writing and English Competency requirement
may also be satisfied through Advanced Placement
English Test score of 4 or 5.

Transfer students who present 6 hours of acceptable
composition credit from another institution satisfy
the College Writing and English Competency requirement
by passing the English Competency Examination. Transfer
students who present 3 hours of acceptable composition
credit from another institution may satisfy the
College Writing requirement by passing the course
in the College Writing sequence for which they have
not been given credit with a C or better.
In
those cases when a competency examination is required,
students failing the exam twice must enroll in LIT180
Writing Workshop and must pass the course with a grade
of C or better.
The English Competency Examination is
administered by the College Writing Program in the Department
of Literature. Students who do not pass the examination
may schedule a meeting with a writing consultant in
the Writing Center who will review the student's exam,
explain the deficiencies, and offer counsel about additional
work on writing skills through courses, Writing Center
tutorials, or independent study. A preparation packet
for the examination, including a practice exam, is available
at the Department of Literature, Battelle 237 or the
Writing Center, Battelle 228. For more information about
the English Competency Examination, contact the director
of the College Writing Program at 2028853911. To schedule
an appointment at the Writing Center, call 2028852991.
Nonnative and native speakers of English must meet the
same requirements, although nonnative speakers are given
extra time to complete the English Competency Examination.
UNIVERSITY
MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT
All
students must demonstrate skills in mathematics and
quantitative reasoning at the college level. Students
who do not satisfy this requirement by examination
as specified below must enroll in an appropriate mathematics
course before the completion of 30 credits at American
University and must continue to enroll each semester
until the requirement is satisfied. After students
have matriculated at American University, no credit
toward the University Mathematics Requirement may
be earned through transfer credit. Students meeting
the requirement through course work must receive a
C or better. The University Mathematics Requirement
may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

Earning a grade of C or better in any
American University mathematics course at the level
of MATH15X Finite Mathematics or above or any American
University statistics course in the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics. This includes, for example:
MATH150 Finite Mathematics, MATH151 Finite Mathematics,
MATH155 Finite Mathematics: Elementary Models, MATH157
Finite Mathematics: Business, MATH170 Precalculus
Mathematics, MATH211 Applied Calculus I, MATH221
Calculus I, and STAT202 Basic Statistics.
The
Department of Mathematics and Statistics will recommend
placement of students in mathematics courses. Students
whose placement is below MATH15x Finite Mathematics
must take MATH022 Basic Algebra before enrolling
in Finite Mathematics. Students whose placement is
above Finite Mathematics may enroll in Finite Mathematics
to satisfy the requirement but are to be encouraged
to enroll in appropriate sections of the course, as
designated by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Students
may also satisfy the University Mathematics Requirement
through examination:

AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC score
of 3, 4, or 5

AP Statistics score of 3, 4, or 5

SAT II Mathematics Level II Achievement
test score of 650

CLEP Calculus examination score of
75%

British Alevel mathematics examination
with a passing grade

International Baccalaureate higherlevel
mathematics examination score of 6 or above
Transfer
students and graduates of secondary schools outside
the United States may also satisfy this requirement
by:

Passing one of the examinations given
by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics which
demonstrate competence equivalent to having successfully
completed one of the following courses: MATH15x Finite
Mathematics, MATH211 Applied Calculus I, or STAT202
Basic Statistics. Only one of these examinations may
be taken and that examination may be taken only once,
during the first semester for which the student is
enrolled in degree status,
or
Transferring
a course named "Calculus I" or a mathematics
course for which "Calculus I" is the prerequisite
with a grade of B or better from an AGrated collegiate
institution.
Eligible
students should contact the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics for more information about the Mathematics
and Statistics Equivalency Examination.


