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10 Jobs You Can Do with an MPP

By SPA Staff 1. Policy Analyst Analyze proposals in various fields including education policy, health policy, social welfare policy, environmental policy, or international development policy. 2. Human Resources Director As the head of an HR team, help create a fair and safe workplace. 3. Politician Lead the charge for change in your community and become […]

Games+ Summit 2017

More than 120 professionals, educators and students gathered for the inaugural Games+ Summit hosted by American University Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The attendees represented a variety of industries, including federal agencies, non-profits, healthcare, technology and more. Individual sessions at Games+ Summit explored issues at the forefront of game theory and practice and how games intersect […]

What the “Big Four” Want in an Accounting Graduate: Spotlight on Jacob Spector

Get the inside track from a Recent Graduate of the Masters of Accounting program at American University. Jacob Spector, a recent graduate of American University’s Master of Science in Accounting never dreamed he would become a staff auditor for Ernst & Young, one of the well-known “Big Four” accounting firms. But while earning his first […]

6 of the Best Indie Games in 2016

Indie video games are the heartbeat of the industry. Because of this, the anticipation level for a well-publicized indie game sometimes outpaces the quality of that game by miles and miles. Still, don’t allow the real or perceived failures of some indie games sour you to the category en masse. Let’s take a look at […]

New MS in Finance Course Prepares Students for Risk Management Certification

As the field of finance expands into sub-specialties such as asset management, risk management, structured finance, wealth management and advisory, students must rise to the challenge of marketing themselves to employers who are seeking specific skills. For employers, the change means more specific differentiation between finance capabilities. To minimize market confusion and develop global standards […]

Why Study in DC? A Prime Location for Accounting and More

American University’s prime location in the nation’s capital means access to opportunities not found in other cities. For students in the Master’s in Accounting (MSA) program, this means gaining access to professional and alumni networks across the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Our students, full-time and part-time alike, take full advantage of all the D.C. […]

The 10 Best Works of Literature Set in DC

Our location in Washington, DC is central to our identity as an MFA program. Our students explore some of the world’s best literary organizations and activities – and find quiet spaces to write and get inspired throughout the District. Our students also take their place among a long lineage of other writers with DC connections, […]

Games by the Numbers

The Game Lab at American University leverages proximity to public and private sector leaders to bring games to traditionally non-game contexts for new levels of engagement. Interested in joining our community? Learn more about the MA in Game Design program at American University.

The Question of Hope in Palestinian Resistance

The Social Justice Series continued this week with guest speaker Irene Calis. Calis recently relocated to the DC area from Rhodes University in South Africa. She is an anthropologist concerned with issues of social justice and has focused much of her work on the ongoing resistance struggle in Palestine. Calis’s talk “Hope against the evidence? […]

New MS in Finance Course Prepares Students for Risk Management Certification

As the field of finance expands into sub-specialties such as asset management, risk management, structured finance, wealth management and advisory, students must rise to the challenge of marketing themselves to employers who are seeking specific skills. For employers, the change means more specific differentiation between finance capabilities. To minimize market confusion and develop global standards […]

Jeanne Hanna on “Brexit” & Anthropology of “Right-Wing” Groups

As a self-described “political nerd at heart,” AU anthropology PhD candidate Jeanne Hanna is having quite a year. Her current research focuses on the UK Independence Party (UKIP), exploring the social, economic, emotional, and political issues motivating people to support this political party. Jeanne was in the country for the June 2016 Brexit referendum, which […]

The Art of Social Justice

The weekly Social Justice Colloquium continues to offer the opportunity for insightful dialogue on Monday afternoons in the Battelle Thompkins humanities lab. This week attendees were able to experience firsthand the potential for artistic expression to grapple with issues of social justice. The three presenters this week, Caleen Jennings, Sybil Roberts, and Cara Gabriel, each […]

Kogod Leads the Way in Islamic Finance Education

The Islamic Finance market is estimated to range in size from $1.66 trillion to $2.1 trillion with anticipated growth to $3.4 trillion by the end of 2018. Islamic financial assets represent one percent of the entire global financial market, with major capitals leading the way, including London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, […]

PAC: National Nurses United Panel

This weekend was an exciting time for the Anthropology department at AU. We hosted our 13th annual Public Anthropology Conference. Speakers represented a multitude of schools and organizations. One particularly exciting session highlighted a new partnership between the American University Department of Anthropology and National Nurses United. National Nurses United is the largest union of […]

PAC: Bridging the Gap between Academia and Activism

This year’s Public Anthropology Conference (PAC) had no shortage of amazing speakers discussing a broad range of interesting and important topics. From drone usage to minority solidarity, the various workshops and panel discussions allowed conference participants to get a glimpse of the many different arenas of public thought and activism in which the discipline of […]

Five Financial Heroes and Villains: How a Master of Science in Accounting at American University Can Turn You into a Fiscal Superstar

Over the last 25 years, corporate accounting scandals have earned front-page headlines. These acts of malfeasance—from Ponzi schemes to income inflation—triggered sweeping corporate finance reforms; the Occupy Wall Street movement; and the controversial U.S. bank bailout following the financial crash of 2008. But for every financial villain there are accounting heroes – single whistleblowers or […]

Public Anthropology Conference: 2016

Announcing the 2016 Public Anthropology Conference American University’s Department of Anthropology registration is currently open for the 13th annual Public Anthropology Conference.  This year’s conference will take place on October 8-9, and welcomes participation from anthropologists and activists from a broad range of disciplines to engage in emerging dialogues on current issues. This year’s topic is Creating Dialogues […]

Science and Art Flourish in Advanced Audio Technology Capstone Course

The Audio Technology Capstone is an advanced course in our undergraduate program that enables students to embrace their unique skills and particular areas of interest — to explore both the art and science of their future fields of study. It’s an opportunity to engage in discipline-specific projects in subjects such as: Electro-acoustic instrument design and […]

Publish Your Work: Insights from Arielle Bernstein

Arielle Bernstein graduated from the AU MFA in Creative Writing in 2009 with a mixed-genre thesis, and she has now joined us as a professorial lecturer. Arielle’s career – with wide publication in both fiction and nonfiction – offers an example of where AU’s cross-genre focus can lead. Her cultural criticism, personal narrative and reviews […]

7 Successful Producers, Musicians & Bands from Washington DC

In the world of music and sound production, artists and audio engineers usually have L.A., New York and Nashville at top of mind. These entertainment hotbeds are legendary breeding grounds for artistic expression through sound—but they’re not the only launching pads for successful careers in the industry.   Culturally diverse cities such as Washington, D.C. […]

Public Health vs. Health Promotion Management

Advancements in science, technology and healthcare have made at least one thing crystal clear, it will take everyone’s best efforts to improve health in communities all over the world. This far-flung realization has led to a wealth of career opportunities for people who are passionate about health. There are many exciting professional paths that center […]

How Do Poets Make a Living?

As Robert Graves put it, “There is no money in poetry, but there is no poetry in money, either.” Poets don’t pursue poetry for the cash, but the truth is that we all have to make rent and buy groceries. While it’s rare for a writer in any genre to make a living solely off […]

9 Washington DC Anthropology Organizations You Should Know About

Studying in our nation’s capital puts AU public anthropology students within reach of a number of dynamic, active organizations. There are opportunities to connect with National Parks, to delve into the history of local schools, and to explore pre-Columbian civilizations. There are grants and fellowships to fund promising field research. There are countless smart, experienced […]

Healthy Schools Act in DC Gives Grad Students Hands-On Training

In some communities, 100 percent of a grad student’s research is done online. But in a metro area—especially Washington, DC—much of that research can be gathered, observed, and analyzed in the field, where firsthand experience with the “real world” can teach us valuable lessons. For five years, students in American University’s MS in health promotion […]

Q&A with Game Design Student Rae Heitkamp

Rae Heitkamp is one of American University’s innovative Game Design students. In our interview, she shares what drew her to the program and imparts her wisdom to future applicants. Her student perspective provides a crucial window into the burgeoning field of Game Design.   Your background is in biomedical research. What prompted the switch to […]

Master’s Students Unify Around Art, Science, and Passion to Promote Health

No university program should use long history and rich tradition as an excuse to settle for the status quo. American University has the oldest master’s in health promotion management program in the U.S. — but also some of the most advantageous, hands-on education activities anywhere. Some students have been able to dive into data collection […]

Audio Technology: Bringing Sound Production Careers to Life

At American University, people who’ve been fascinated with music and sound for years are finding opportunities to transform their passion into meaningful careers. AU’s master’s in audio technology program helps budding sound engineers, rock stars and up-and-coming producers to achieve their dreams. Students learn in the classroom and in the studio. They do internships across […]

AU Partners with National Nurses United for New Online Certificate Program

We are thrilled to announce a brand new anthropology certificate program in partnership with National Nurses United (NNU). Starting in fall 2016, students in the MA in Public Anthropology (MAPA) program will have the chance to pursue an online certificate in Health Inequality and Care. I’m especially excited about this because of my background working with […]

An Interview with Valzhyna Mort, Poet & AU Graduate

When poet Valzhyna Mort arrived at AU as a student, she already had several accomplishments behind her. She had published a collection of poetry, Factory of Tears, in the United States and in Belarus, and been the youngest person ever featured on the cover of Poets & Writers magazine. Valzhyna has since published another collection, Collected Body (Copper […]

A Look Inside the District’s Only Creative Writing MFA

The multi-genre focus. The vibrant location. The engaged community of writers with diverse backgrounds and rigorous insights. For more than 30 years, the District’s only creative writing MFA program has fostered the talents and ambitions of writers who have gone on to make their mark in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—and to make their mark on their communities. In […]

The Beatles, British Recording Techniques, and the Evolution of Audio Production

Innovative audio production courses with names such as 1960s British Recording Techniques sound like a lot of fun (they really are, too), but they’re much more. Mike Harvey, American University Audio Technology Instructor, uses an era of significant change in music and culture to help illustrate what’s possible with a career in audio and music technology. […]

AhealthyU: How Health and Wellness Programs Make a Positive Impact on Campus

AhealthyU, American University’s faculty and staff wellness program, is celebrating its 10th year. While its scope and goals have grown, the program’s inception was driven by both necessity and a deep desire to see its team flourish. “We discovered that many of our faculty and staff were being treated for health conditions that could lead to heart disease […]

Q&A with Game Design Student Kelli Dunlap

As a Game Design student and a JoLT fellow, Kelli Dunlap embodies the program’s commitment to socially conscious gaming. We spoke with her about what brought her to AU, her expertise in video game psychology and how joining the Game Lab has prepared her for the future. Why get a Game Design degree and why […]

The FSIT Lab Brings Wall Street Directly to You

One peek into the Financial Services and Information Technology (FSIT) Lab at the Kogod School of Business is all you need to get a sense that this is a nexus of learning and real-world experience. Students and faculty are busy modeling and analyzing data, conducting financial market research or participating in any number of other […]

MSA Courses Rooted in Real-World Business Issues

Accounting is projected to grow 22 percent over the next decade. With rigorous core classes that underscore real-world experience, the Master of Science in Accounting program will prepare you to work in international consulting firms, major corporations, law enforcement agencies and more. Faculty with vast industry experience will guide you in developing and honing the […]

6 Game Conferences You Should Know About

If you are serious about games, you need to check out the best game conferences. To make the most of your opportunity, it’s crucial that you find the one which is right for you. Luckily, American University’s Game Lab team has checked them all out and can give you the info you need. 1. GDC […]

Experience the Art of Investing with the Student Managed Investment Fund

Imagine pitching an investment idea to real partners and a real board before you hit the job market. The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), offered to graduate and undergraduate students at the Kogod School of Business, is a truly unique opportunity to gain real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management. Each semester, approximately 24 […]

Three Soft Skills Every Accountant Needs: Master them at American University

Managing client expectations. Successfully pitching a new idea. Meeting with team members. These are just some of the everyday accounting practices that go beyond technical know-how. “Soft skills” may not always come naturally, but they are of equal importance in the business world – arguably more. Presenting a financial analysis or managing a client requires […]

7 Audio Industry Influencers You Should Know

When students from American University’s chapter of the Audio Engineering Society met up to discuss their audio production heroes, a common theme emerged. It wasn’t as much about a certain technology or a ground-breaking technique. The students expressed appreciation for certain engineers who’ve managed to infuse their unique personalities and talents into every work they’ve […]

Global Healthy Workplace Summit Brings Program Innovation to Washington, DC

By Wolf Kirsten Regardless of country, historical background, local government, or cultural trends, workplace health promotion is vital. It’s easier than ever to fall into sedentary behaviors and poor eating habits, which is why we need more professionals throughout the world who have the talents, passion, and work ethic to help people, organizations and communities […]

Jumpstarting Change: Game Lab Students Showcase Findings on Community Engagement at GDC 2016

The JoLT initiative started in 2015 with the question, “Do the worlds of game design and journalism have anything to learn from each other?” The answer is yes, and three students from the American University Game Design program got to present the initiative’s findings this year at the Game Developers’ Conference. The conference, known as […]

New Course on Alternative Asset Management Helps Prepare Students for CAIA License

By MSF Faculty & Staff Hedge funds, private equity, renewable energy, real estate. These are just some of the alternative investment areas that are generating buzz and opportunity. In our era of market turmoil where investors are looking beyond traditional stock and bonds, training in alternative investment vehicles is essential for finance professionals. Beginning this […]

American University Paves the Way: How Public Affairs Graduates Know Success

One of the true measures of a great academic institution is how its graduates change the world. The School of Public Affairs has an 80-year history of graduating professionals into serving society at the highest levels – from The White House and the Secret Service, to members of U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and national nonprofit […]

AU Researcher Suggests Avoiding Certain Food Additives Can Alleviate Neurological Symptoms

Often it’s the hot-button, trendy, social-media-friendly health topics that get the general populace buzzing about health and well-being. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, there’s a wealth of research, strategy, and passion converging in efforts to truly improve the state of health—and not just spur a new crop of popular diet books. In the work of Dr. […]

Why Exploring Multiple Genres Matters and Other Insights from Rachel Louise Snyder

A distinguishing feature of AU’s MFA in creative writing program is the opportunity to explore multiple genres, discovering how poetry, fiction, and nonfiction can feed one another and lead to expansive career opportunities. AU Associate Professor Rachel Louise Snyder has a body of work that embodies our cross-genre values, with achievements in both fiction and […]

3 Tips from Health Promotion Management Alumni

By Stephanie George, MS, CHES Without question, one of the best parts of my career in health promotion management is the opportunity to meet and encourage my future colleagues in this field—a field defined by true passion for better health and well-being. Recently I returned to my alma mater for American University’s Annual Alumni Panel […]

University Audio Technology Team Works With Strathmore to Record Orchestras

By Matt Twiford  Classrooms and homework assignments are just a couple aspects of a comprehensive education experience. For those of us who study and/or teach in American University’s Audio Technology Program, immersing ourselves in the rich culture of Washington, DC, adds color and shape to our professional development. This past December, the AU Audio Technology […]

Gun, Fire, and Car Safety Practices in Homes with Small Children Linked to Rates of Parental Depression

Taryn Morrissey’s work has been published in numerous national journals, such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and The Journal of Marriage and Family. But her work doesn’t stop with the written word. An Assistant Professor in School of Public Affairs at AU, she takes the lessons she’s learned from her research and puts it to […]

An Interview with Jenny Molberg, Poet and English Professor

Many graduates of the creative writing MFA program pursue rewarding teaching opportunities to accompany their writing careers. A 2009 American University graduate, Jenny Molberg is a poet, serves as poetry editor for Pleiades, and works as assistant professor of English at the University of Central Missouri. Jenny’s debut collection, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire […]

5 Reasons to Study Health in DC

No city features a more diverse convergence of richly beneficial internship and service opportunities than Washington, DC. Our graduate students discover many perks while living and studying in the District. So we asked for their thoughts, and they answered. Here are the five most exciting advantages of studying health in DC: 1. Social Justice Opportunities […]

Health Promotion Internships and Opportunities in Washington, DC

Real strides in health promotion take place when young professionals like Yasha Ghamarian roll up their sleeves and take their studies from the classroom to the community. Yasha is poised to receive his master’s in health promotion management this spring, and in-class studies are only one part of his preparation. Embracing internships in the Washington, DC, […]

Notes from Rome: An Interview with MFA Student Nancy Kidder

Last summer, the AU creative writing MFA program launched an annual study abroad program in Rome, through a partnership with John Cabot University’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. The program allows our students to spend five weeks with a writer in residence and take literature and writing classes—all while exploring Rome and nearby areas. Nancy Kidder, […]

Recapping the Lavender Languages Conference

The 23rd Annual Lavender Languages Conference was held at American University on February 12-14, 2016. Directed by Professor William L. Leap, “Lav 23” offered a venue for discussion of language and sexuality, drawing on ongoing conversations in anthropological linguistics, sociolinguistics, sexuality studies, and queer theory. This year’s conference was all the more significant to Leap […]

How I Went From American University to NPR

BY: GASTON REBOREDO, AUDIO TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM ALUMNUS The science behind electronics and acoustics is, without question, essential for a career in audio technology. However, for me, it’s the vast potential of artistic expression that breathes life into my work. I first became interested in audio technology about five years ago, when I was in a […]

4 Anthropologists that Inspire Our Students

AU public anthropology students have diverse interests shaped by their experiences, their teachers, and their immersion in the work of established anthropologists. We reached out to four students to learn how their work has been inspired and guided by the work of others. Here is what they told us:   Kelci Reiss has been inspired […]

Five-Year Report on the Healthy School Act

For the past five years, American University has worked with the Kaiser Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic States to assess the success of the 2010 Healthy Schools Act (HSA) in Washington, DC. The District Council enacted the HSA to help make schools healthier environments in which to learn and work. It’s essential to ensure students’ well-being […]

New Tracks in the Creative Writing MFA

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to introduce a slight change: the addition of tracks of study in the MFA that will help our students clarify their goals and prepare for their post-MFA lives.   What does this mean? The addition of tracks will clarify the options available for our students and enable them to […]

5 Reasons to Get Your MFA in Creative Writing

Looking to connect with a community of writers? American University offers the only MFA in creative writing in the District. You’ll find lawyers, journalists, poets and authors collaborating in workshops on our campus.     The priority deadline for fall 2016 enrollment is just around the corner. Get started on your application today.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Public Anthropology

Public anthropology students are passionate about history and culture. They put their hands to work unearthing new species and studying culture on a global scale. They conduct research that makes a real difference in their communities and around the world. Sound like you? Take the next step by earning your master’s degree in public anthropology […]

Earn Your Degree in Health Promotion Management

Health promotion students are passionate about health and fitness. They’re on campus brainstorming marketing plans and strategies for health promotion. They’re out in the District community impacting corporate health and wellness for local companies.     Ready to join our community? The priority deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment is just around the corner. Get started […]

How Streaming is Changing the Music Industry

Whether you love it or hate it, the pervasive presence of music streaming is completely changing the music industry. Besides giving audio technology professionals something juicy to discuss at the water cooler, online music streaming is the latest industry-shifting phenomenon—not unlike payola in the 1960s, MTV in the 1980s, and Napster at the turn of […]

2016 Health Trends from American University

This time of year, many people invest a great deal of time, thought, money, and effort into ways to improve their health and well-being. This pervasive openness to new health ideas draws people to a wide variety of health-related trends—from weight-loss programs and diet fads to exciting exercise routines. Research in our Department of Health […]

Top 4 Reasons to Choose Audio Technology

Audio technology students put their passion for music and sound to work. They’re in our cutting-edge campus studio recording and engineering new tracks. They’re out in the District community interning for companies like NPR, BBC and SiriusXM. Ready to advance your sound engineering and production skills? Take the next step by earning your master’s degree […]

4 Tips for Writing a Successful Personal Statement

A promising creative manuscript is the key to a successful MFA program application. But, as the admissions committee reads applications, they know they are selecting more than good writers: they are also selecting members of the program community. Your personal statement plays a critical role in showing the admissions committee who you are and how […]

Multi-Platinum Audio Engineer Supports Future Professionals

In the audio technology industry, degrees, internships, and key connections are valuable tools. However, one key factor makes it all matter: passion. With real passion for sound—and a work ethic to match—talented individuals from any background can find success in the world of audio technology. American University adjunct professor Maurizio Sera, a multi-platinum award-winning audio […]