Cornerstone DC features a curriculum that allows you to graduate on time with the class of 2026. You will take required AU Core and courses that meet your intended major requirements.

*Students must maintain satisfactory academic performance and continue to meet the 2.75 GPA requirement. Students who fall below these requirements prior to the intenrship semester (spring) could be withdrawn. 

Courses

Non-Internship Semester - FallUp to 17.5 Credits

  • American University Experience - AUx* (1.5 cr.)
  • CORE 107 Complex Problems Seminar (3 cr.)
  • WRT 100 College Writing (3 cr.)or WRT 106 (3 cr.) if received AP credit
  • Major requirement (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Internship Semester - SpringUp to 16.5 Credits

  • American University Experience - AUx* (1.5 cr.)
  • Mentored Field Practicum course (3-5 cr.)
  • WRT 101 College Writing (3 cr.) 
  • Math (3 cr.)
  • Major requirement or Elective (3 cr.)

*AUx – American University Experience is a two-part course sequence: part 1 is during the fall semester and part 2 is during the spring semester. 

UGST 120 Mentored Field Practicum Course(3-4 credits)

The Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) course is your holistic internship experience. You will work with a professor who will guide you on managing your internship. You will also read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. You will gain the professional skills and experience to help you in future internships and jobs. This course counts as an AU elective.

CORE 107 Complex Problems Seminar(3 credits)

This required seminar for all students during their first year at American University demonstrates the value of a approaching important conceptual problems and social issues from a variety of perspectives, often from multiple disciplines and including multiple voices.

WRTG 100/WRTG 101 College Writing(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 learn to best express yourself and understanding.

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

AUx1/AUx2 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 and AUx2 in the spring. In these courses, you will establish short and long-term goals and build academic skills for college success.

First-year advisors will help you choose electives that will meet requirements of your intended major.

UGST 120 Mentored Field Practicum Course

(3-5 credits)

The Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) course is your holistic internship experience. You will work with a professor who will guide you on managing your internship. You will also read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. You will gain the professional skills and experience to help you in future internships and jobs. This course counts as an AU elective.

You will intern 3 days per week. The internship credit you will receive is based on the number of hours you work each week:

  • 15 hours each week – earn 3 credits (Students who select this option can work 2 days a week which is 7.5 hours/day)
  • 20 hours each week – earn 4 credits 
  • 25 hours each week – earn 5 credits

Cornerstone DC students join AU's largest living-learning community, University College (UC). In this program, students enroll in a complex problems seminar which satisfies an AU Core requirement.

Live

Students live together in first-year residence halls. Each floor has a theme inspired by a group of UC courses, which in turn inspires community events throughout the semester. 

University College housing is mandatory for first year students in the Cornerstone program. 

Learn

Courses are hand-picked Complex Problems seminars from the AU Core curriculum. The seminars create an environment for collaboration and communication across the classes.

Live & Learn at AU

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Cornerstone students will be a part of University College, AU's largest living-learning community. This exceptional opportunity for first-year students combines the best residential and academic experiences!