Core Curriculum (Effective Fall 2013)

The Core Curriculum sets out a series of requirements that are a vital part of an AUC education, and that all students must meet to graduate with an undergraduate degree from this university. Although it is not possible to be exempted from these requirements, in some cases students may petition for approval for credit from outside AUC in meeting them, for example through advance standing or transfer credits. All students transferring to AUC from another institution of higher learning should be aware of AUC’s residency requirements. In addition to but integrated with the Core Curriculum, AUC has an Arabic Language requirement, described below. Depending on their entrance qualifications or Arabic placement examination results, many students are exempted from these requirements. For details regarding how courses may or may not do double service (“double count”) in both the Core and your major and/or minor, please see the AUC Catalog (as well as below); if you have any questions regarding these or other issues related to the Core, please contact the Core Office.

I. The Freshman Level:
The Freshman Program aims to offer students a coherent, integrated introduction to one of the defining features of AUC: liberal arts education. In addition, the Program equips students with communication skills in English and enables them to transfer these skills to content courses so they are prepared to cope with assignments in their majors, and enhances critical thinking skills and their application in a variety of disciplines. Finally, Freshman Program courses aim to help students think with clarity and insight about themselves, their goals and the decisions they face, and to foster their civic responsibility, personal and academic integrity, and appreciation of diversity.

II. Secondary Level: 12 credit hours
Category 1: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 credit hours)
Every student must choose and complete one course in this category: it must be from a department other than the one offering the course taken to meet the Pathways Two requirement in the Freshman Level, and should be from a different discipline. The requirement should be completed by the end of the student’s sixth semester.

Category 2: Arab World Studies (6 credit hours)
Every student must choose and complete two courses in this category. This requirement should be completed by the end of the student’s sixth semester.

Category 3: International/World Studies (3 credit hours)
Every student must choose and complete one course in this category. The requirement should be completed by the end of the student’s sixth semester.

III. Capstone Level: (6 credit hours)
The requirements may be met by selecting two courses from a variety of options, including Senior Project or Thesis, Senior Seminar, Senior Internship, Study Abroad, Community Engagement, Honors Seminar, Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar or a 400 level course counting toward a double major. No more than 3 of the 6 credit hour requirements may be taken in the department of major. All pre-requisites apply.*
This requirement should be completed during the student’s senior year.

Overview:

I. Primary Level: 16 - 28 credit hours

II. Secondary Level: 12 credit hours

III. Capstone Level: (Six credit hours)