Academics at AUR – Rise to the Extraordinary
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An undergraduate education at The American University of Rome provides students with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century. Critical thinking, problem solving, writing and intercultural communication are central to our undergraduate curriculum and are firmly established for all Freshmen residents through our rigorous First Year Program and continued in our General Education Program and majors.
For their entire four-year career*, students are followed by a richly diverse and dedicated team of full-time and adjunct faculty made up of award-winning scholars and professionals. Each resident student is assigned an advisor from one of our full-time faculty, who follows them throughout their undergraduate career.
At the start of their Sophomore year, students are encouraged to declare a Major from one of our ten degree programs:
- Archaeology and Classics
- Art History
- Business Administration
- English Writing, Literature and Publishing
- Film and Digital Media
- Fine Arts
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- International Relations and Global Politics
- Italian Studies
We also offer students a robust array of unique and challenging Minors and a choice of two possible associate degrees: Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies and Associate of Applied Arts in International Business.
- FAO – Food & Agricultural Organization
- Johnson & Johnson
- NATO Defense College
- National Geographic
- Proctor & Gamble
- Quantum Solutions
- US Embassy in Rome
- Vatican Museums
- Vatican Radio
- Winter Olympics Committee
- World Food Program
As a Senior, students begin their Capstone project, a year-long closing chapter to their Major. Working closely with their faculty supervisor, the Capstone integrates theory with practice and enables students to demonstrate their mastery of what they have learned in their program of study. Depending on the discipline, the capstone project may be a thesis, a research paper with a consultancy-style presentation, a production, a screenplay or a portfolio of work.
*A three-year option is possible: Advanced standing may be granted for academic credits earned at institutions outside the university system of the United States. Candidates in possession of credentials such as the Italian Maturità, the International Baccalaureate, the British GCSE A levels and other equivalent programs will be evaluated and advanced credits granted on the basis of evaluation.