UNDERGRADUATE ACCELERATOR PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
The Progression Plan is the guiding principle for the courses of action taken for students as they progress from one program level to another.
Students are expected to meet academic standards enumerated and detailed below.
- For the general purposes of university degree and program requirements, students will be governed by the catalog year in effect for the academic year in which they are admitted to the IAP program rather than the catalog year in effect at the point of formal admission to a degree program, provided that they successfully maintained continuous enrollment between these two points.
- The maximum credit load per term should not exceed 18 credits, including Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX-062).
- Upon successful completion of the Accelerator program curriculum, students may transfer into an undergraduate degree program if they meet the progression standards set below and obtain the minimum GPA standards for each degree program.
- Compliance with American University academic regulations and standards as outlined in the American University academic integrity code.
Attendance and Visa Requirements
- Regular class attendance for all IAP students consistent with requirements stated on course syllabi is required to ensure students meet the goals of the program.
- F-1 students are required to maintain good academic standing and immigration status in every term to stay in the program. They must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits and attend classes as required by the Department of Homeland Security. Failure to meet the enrollment and attendance requirements may lead to loss of immigration status and deportation. Full details of visa requirements can be found in the AU Catalog. Students who receive grades of FX and ZX will be dismissed.
- Students must complete their program in consecutive semesters. Depending on their start date, a summer term may be included in the program and therefore full course of study may be required, unless it is the final term with approved reduced course load in consultation with ISSS.
Language Proficiency Placement
Upon arrival on campus, all admitted IAP students are required to take an English proficiency test administered by the IAP. This test is administered for curricular track placement confirmation or course adjustment and to develop individualized academic support for student success through the IAP as needed. Curricular track may be adjusted based on post arrival exam results; this may result in a longer program duration and added cost. Students will be advised accordingly.
Standards for Transfer from IAP to Degree Seeking Status
- Completion of MATH-15X or higher with a grade of C or higher.
- Completion of WRTG-100 with a grade of C or higher.
- Completion of all ELTA courses with a grade of C or higher.
- Grade of P in Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX-062).
- Completion of a minimum of 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA for transfer as set by schools as follows:
- College of Arts and Science: 2.0 (except for School of Education, which requires 2.7)
- Kogod School of Business: 2.75
- School of Communication: 2.5
- School of International Service: 3.0
- School of Public Affairs: 2.5
- Students who meet the standards for satisfactory academic progress (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher) but do not meet the school specific GPA requirements will be advised on a case by case basis on course and program selection for progression where possible.
Progression Plan Options
- Students who fail to achieve the above standards are permitted to retake any ELTA course one time in the next term. All other courses are governed by the existing rules and regulations (see regulation 4.3). Students may repeat a maximum of five courses while at American University (see regulation 4.3.3). Students who are not successful in achieving the minimum grades required for Math-15X, WRTG-100, ELTA prefix courses and Live, Learn, Grow are required to reattempt the course(s) in the following semester, unless the course is not offered. Retaking course(s) is only acceptable if the GPA is mathematically possible to raise to minimum 2.0 in the next 12-17.5 credits.
- In accordance with AU academic regulation 4.3.4, “Students are responsible for determining any academic or financial implications for repeating courses. In the context of this policy, passing a course includes meeting any stipulations needed to satisfy a University or major or minor requirement. Grades for each attempt are computed in the overall cumulative GPA, but only the highest grade and the credit associated with that grade counts toward the major GPA requirements.”
- Failure to complete the program successfully in accordance with progression standards above will lead to dismissal from the university except in those instances where a student was granted a reduced course load as an ASAC approved disability-related accommodation. Students will be advised on further options on a case by case basis.
- In some cases, students may have the opportunity to appeal progression requirements and standards. For more information on the appeal process, click here.
|Major||Degree||Minimum GPA requirement to progress from the International Accelerator|
|College of Arts & Science|
|American Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Anthropology||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Applied Mathematics||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Arab World Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Arabic Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Art History||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Asian Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Audio Production||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Audio Technology||Bachelor of Science||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Biochemistry||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Biology||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Chemistry||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Computational Science||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Computer Science||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Economics||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Economics||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Environmental Science||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Environmental Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Fine Arts||Bachelor of Fine Arts||2.0|
|Foreign Language and Communication Media||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|French Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|German Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Graphic Design||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Health Promotion||Bachelor of Science||2.7|
|History||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Jewish Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Language and Area Studies: French/Europe||Bachelor of Arts||3.0|
|Language and Area Studies: German/Europe||Bachelor of Arts||3.0|
|Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies||Bachelor of Arts||3.0|
|Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America||Bachelor of Arts||3.0|
|Liberal Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Literature||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Mathematics||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Mathematics and Economics||Bachelor of Science||3.0|
|Music||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Neuroscience||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Performing Arts: Musical Theatre||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Performing Arts: Theatre||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Philosophy||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Physics||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Physics||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Psychology||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Public Health||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Public Health||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Religious Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Russian Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Sociology||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Spanish Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0 and departmental approval|
|Statistics||Bachelor of Science||2.0|
|Studio Art||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.0|
|Kogod School of Business|
|Accounting||Bachelor of Science||2.75|
|Business Administration||Bachelor of Science||2.75|
|Business and Entertainment||Bachelor of Science||2.75|
|Business, Language, and Culture||Bachelor of Science||2.75|
|Finance||Bachelor of Science||2.75|
|School of Communication|
|Communication: Communication Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Communication: Film and Media Arts||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Communication: Journalism||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Foreign Language and Communication Media||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Public Relations and Strategic Communication||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|School of Education|
|Elementary Education||Bachelor of Arts||2.7|
|Secondary Education||Bachelor of Arts||2.7|
|School of International Service|
|International Studies||Bachelor of Arts||3.0|
|School of Public Affairs|
|Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Justice and Law||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Law and Society||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Political Science||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Computational Science||Bachelor of Science||2.5|
|Foreign Language and Communication Media||Bachelor of Arts||2.5|
|Mathematics and Economics||Bachelor of Science||2.5|