The Academy of Liberal Arts (ALA) is the cornerstone of liberal education at AUC. Established July 1, 2013, the academy provides foundational language, writing, critical thinking and cross-disciplinary courses for AUC undergraduate students, as well as providing intensive Arabic and English-language instruction for a wider community, including graduate and international students. In addition to this, the academy offers many extracurricular activities and centers that help students develop a wide range of skills that will help them successfully pursue their personal and professional goals.
The focus of the ALA is on students transitioning into study at AUC as an American-style, liberal arts University; at the heart of its mission is providing students with an educational experience that will reinforce and expand both their linguistic competencies and their intellectual boundaries, and equip them with the skills in effective reasoning, reading and self-expression so vital to success later both in University and life.
The mission of the Academy of Liberal Arts is to foster intellectual, personal and social growth through providing all AUC students, regardless of major, with a common core of enriching learning experiences that advance the liberal arts outcomes. As the home of the undergraduate student, ALA provides cohesiveness and integration to the student experience by focusing on interdisciplinary connections, transfer of skills and lifelong learning.
The Academy of Liberal Arts prepares students for lifelong learning and success by providing them with challenging twenty-first century learning experiences that engage them in examining complex personal, social and global issues that affect our world.