UNIVERSITY CATALOG
2016-2017



GENERAL EDUCATION


The general education requirements reflect AUK’s liberal arts philosophy, and constitute an important component of all the bachelor degree programs offered at AUK. Most of the general education courses should be completed within the first two years of study.

Mission Statement For General Education

General education at the American University of Kuwait offers students a broad interdisciplinary learning platform for the acquisition, application, integration, evaluation, and production of knowledge, combined with intellectual and practical skills that render this knowledge useful. It provides the foundation upon which further academic and professional study is possible, and serves to create a student body that understands the interconnectedness of various academic disciplines. General education marks the beginning of the student’s journey toward civic responsibility, leadership, and propensity for life-long learning.

Students must complete forty nine (49) general education credit hours in the following areas:

49 GENERAL EDUCATION CREDIT HOURS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

COURSES CREDIT HOURS COURSE CODE
English Language Requirement (10) [ E ]
Arabic Language and Culture Requirement (6) Language: [ A ] Culture: [ K ]
Mathematics Requirement (6) [ M ]
Computer Science and Information Systems Requirement (3) [ T ]
Freshman Year Experience  Requirement (5) [ L ]
Humanities Requirement (6) [ H ]
Social Sciences Requirement (6) [ S ]
Sciences Requirement (7) [ P ]


Each general education requirement is noted in the course description listings with a course code. This course code designates which area the course satisfies with regards to general education requirements. Grades earned in courses numbered 095 and below are not computed into the GPA, and the credit hours earned for these courses are not applied towards the total hours required for graduation.

General Education Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the general education requirements, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine social, economic, political, cultural, and scientific phenomena.
  2. Identify problems.
  3. Apply the principles of independent inquiry.
  4. Assess qualitative and quantitative information through inductive and deductive reasoning.
  5. Link theory and research, and formulate generalizations and/or recommendations.
  6. Communicate information and recommendations effectively.
  1. Examine social, economic, political, cultural, and scientific phenomena
    AUK students and graduates will be keenly aware of their global surroundings and contribute positively to any society in which they live and work. With an increased awareness of their environments enhanced by their intercultural knowledge, they will be able to understand societal interactions, human behavior, and the dynamics of human relationships. This understanding will guide them in making decisions that adhere to universal norms of moral and civic behavior.

  2. Identify problems
    AUK students and graduates will be able to pose important intellectual and academic questions in the fields of arts and sciences, a foundational process upon which solutions are developed. They will be able to contribute towards developing a model of a problem-solving intellect at work.

  3. Apply the principles of independent inquiry
    AUK students and graduates will be able to harness broad and deep knowledge acquired in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary coursework. This knowledge will encourage engagement in unfettered and unhampered academic inquiry. They will be able to conduct research that aims at answering both the “what” and the “why” questions. They will be able to employ such an understanding in their professional, intellectual, public, and private lives.

  4. Assess qualitative and quantitative information through inductive and deductive reasoning
    AUK students and graduates will be able to analyze patterns in any given data. They will be able to logically piece together processes and information. Through critical and analytical methods of inquiry, they will build the foundations for responsible decision-making.

  5. Link theory and research, and formulate generalizations and/or recommendations:
    Through linking theory and research, AUK students and graduates will be able to arrive at thoughtful generalizations. They will be able to make sound decisions and recommendations. They will be able to develop leadership skills important in recognizing areas of society requiring strengthening, and consequently spearhead societal reform.

  6. Communicate information and recommendations effectively
    AUK students and graduates will be able to express a broad range of ideas in a variety of communication platforms in both written and verbal applications. They will be able to critique, defend, argue, and evaluate information in public and private forums to a range of audiences in English and Arabic.

General Education Requirements

[E]: English Language Requirement

10 credit hours

Students can satisfy the English requirement with a grade of “C” or better by taking the following courses. Students may be exempt from ENGL 100 if their TOEFL, IELTS, or Accuplacer scores meet ENGL 101 minimum requirements.

  ENGL 100: Foundations in Academic Reading and Writing (if TOEFL, IELTS, or Accuplacer scores do not meet ENGL 101 requirements) (4) [E]
  AND  
  ENGL 101: Approaches to Critical Reading and Writing (this course should be completed by the end of the first year) (3) [E]
  AND  
  ENGL 102: Writing and Information Literacy (this course should be completed by the end of the first year) (3) [E]
 
[A], [K]: Arabic Language and Culture Requirement 6 credit hours
To fulfill the general education requirement for Arabic, students must take 1 course (3 credit hours) on Arabic language or literature, and 1 course (3 credit hours) on Arab culture or society. These courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. The following are guidelines for fulfilling the Arabic Language and Culture requirement:
[A]: Arabic Language Requirement is fulfilled by taking one of the following courses:
ARAB 101: Arabic as a Second Language I (3) [A]
OR
ARAB 114: Arabic Basic Language Skills (3) [A]
OR
ARAB 215: Arabic Composition I (3) [A]
OR
ARAB 220: Readings in Arabic Heritage (3) [A]
 
Proficiency level is determined by an Arabic placement exam. Students may not enroll and will not receive credit for a language-learning course taken below the level of the language-learning course into which they placed (an exception to this being ARAB 215; students may take ARAB 215 after having passed ARAB 220 to improve their Arabic composition).
 
[K] Arab Culture Requirement may be fulfilled by any course listed as satisfying the general education requirement for Arab Culture (see Course Descriptions).
 
[M]: Mathematics Requirement 6 credit hours
For some degree programs, specific MATH courses are required or may be prerequisites for major courses. If the student knows what s/he wishes to major in, the student is encouraged to refer to his/her degree program in order to satisfy both a general education requirement as well as a major prerequisite. Students can take 2 of the following college-level mathematics or statistics courses:
MATH 100: College Algebra (3) [M] 
MATH 101: Finite Mathematics (3) [M] 
MATH 102: Introduction to Modern Mathematics (3) [M] 
MATH 103: Mathematics for Business (3) [M]
MATH 110: Pre-Calculus (3) [M]
MATH 201: Calculus I (3) [M] 
MATH 203: Calculus II (3) [M]
MATH 205: Linear Algebra (3) [M]
MATH 206: Calculus III (3) [M]
MATH 210: Differential Equations (3) [M]
MATH 213: Discrete Mathematics (3) [M]
STAT 201: Statistics (3) [M]
STAT 202: Regression for Business (3) [M]
STAT 214: Statistics for Engineers (4) [M]
 

[T]: Computer Science and Information Systems Requirement

3 credit hours

To fulfill the CSIS general education requirement, students may take any 100-level CSIS [T] course excluding CSIS 150.

(3) [T]
 

[L]: First Year Experience Requirement

5 credit hours

To fulfill the First Year Experience requirement with a grade of “C” or better, students may take:
UNIV 100: Essentials of Learning (this course should be completed by the end of the first year)

(2) [L]

UNIV 110: University, Community, and Citizenship (this course should be completed by the end of the first year) (3) [L]
Students who transfer 24 or more semester credit-hours with a grade of “C” or better from another institution will be allowed to waive the UNIV 100 course. However, the two credits must be made up in another area to satisfy degree credit hour requirements. All transfer students are required to take UNIV 110.
 
[H]: Humanities Requirement 6 credit hours
Students can fulfill the Humanities requirement by taking a total of six (6) credit hours from among the following areas:
Arabic (ARAB) (150, 205, 220, 303, 304, 308, 310, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318) [H]
Art (ART) [H]
Drama (DRAM) [H]
English (ENGL) (108, 200-level courses or above) [H]
French (FRNC) [H]
Italian (ITAL) [H]
Music (MUSC) [H]
Philosophy (PHIL) [H]
Religion (RELG) [H]
Spanish (SPAN) [H]
Translation (TRAN) [H]
 
[S]: Social Sciences Requirement 6 credit hours
Students can fulfill the Social Sciences requirement by taking a total of six (6) credit hours from the following areas:
American Studies (AMST) [S]
Environmental Studies (ENVS) (101, 215, 220, 310, 320, 325, 340) [S]
History (HIST) [S]
International Relations (IR) [S]
Psychology (PSYC) [S]
Political Science (PLSC) [S]
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBSA) [S]
 
[P]: Science Requirement 7 credit hours

Students are required to take a total of seven (7) credit hours to fulfill the Science requirement; one science course with a lab (4 credit hours) as well as one science course without a lab (3 credit hours). Students can take science courses from the following areas:

Biology (BIOL) [P]
Chemistry (CHEM) [P]
Environmental Studies (ENVS) (230, 305) [P]
Natural Sciences (NSCI) [P]
Physics (PHYS) [P]

The General Education Requirement “D” Grade

A student is considered to have passed a course when s/he receives a passing grade of “A”, “B”, “C”, or “P.” The grade of “D” may satisfy only MATH 095, free electives, or some general education requirements. The following general education courses require a “C” or better:

  • Arabic Language
  • Arabic Culture
  • UNIV 100 and UNIV 110
  • English Language
  • Any course that is a prerequisite for a Major or Minor course except MATH 095

Foundation Courses & Prerequisites

Undergraduate students at AUK must complete all remedial and foundation courses (MATH 095, UNIV 100, UNIV 110, ENGL 100, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102) before they register for any 300-level course and above (see table below and the COURSE REPETITION POLICY section for further details). The policy will be enforced using Banner software prerequisites. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of the foundation courses to pass, except MATH 095, in which a grade of “D” is acceptable.

After the student spends his/her first two years completing the general education requirements, the student will have developed the skill sets necessary to advance towards degree program or major requirements. The student generally declares his/her degree program or major after completion of the general education requirements, which normally is at the end of the second year (fourth semester). All students must declare their majors by the time they complete 60 credit hours. Students may not apply any general education credit hours toward their first major and vice versa. Students also are not allowed to double dip credit hours between categories listed under the general education requirements.

Foundation Courses & Prerequisites Table

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Foundation Course

Registration Course Level

Prerequisite Status

ENGL 100

Specified courses defined by the CAS (check with Academic Advising Center or the Dean’s Office)

Concurrent

ENGL 101

Specified courses defined by the CAS (check with Academic Advising Center or the Dean’s Office)

Courses not defined by the CAS

Concurrent

 


Prerequisite

ENGL 102

300 – 400 level courses

Prerequisite

UNIV 100

100 – 200 level courses

Concurrent

300 - 400 level courses

Prerequisite

UNIV 110

100 - 200 level courses

Concurrent

300 – 400 level courses

Prerequisite

MATH 095

100 – 200 level courses

Concurrent (with the exception of predefined prerequisites for Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Science courses)

 

College of Business and Economics (CBE)

Foundation Course

Registration Course Level

Prerequisite Status

ENGL 100

N/A

N/A

ENGL 101

100 – 200 level courses

Prerequisite

ENGL 102

300 – 400 level courses

Prerequisite

UNIV 100

100 – 200 level courses

Concurrent

300 - 400 level courses

Prerequisite

UNIV 110

100 - 200 level courses

Concurrent

300 – 400 level courses

Prerequisite

MATH 095

CBE already has predefined MATH prerequisites

N/A

 

Upper-Level Courses

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper-level (300 or 400-level) classes, of which at least 18 credit hours need to be taken in the major. Some majors or degree programs require additional upper-level courses to graduate; refer to individual program sections for more information.


Internships

An internship is a supervised experience where the student is able to gain professional knowledge and training in an occupation, either working directly in the occupation or as an apprentice to an employee of the occupation. Students involved in internships, or “interns,” are not always working in a paid position.

The major internship course “470” is up to three credit hours. Additional non-major internships will be registered as “473.” Students may be interested in participating in an internship for reasons relating to their degree programs or majors. Some degree programs require an internship, while others recommend participation in an internship. Internships are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. Non-degree and Visiting students are not permitted to take Internship Study courses.

Students interested in an internship must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Have declared his/her degree program or major.
  • Have earned the required number of credit hours as defined by the college.
  • Be enrolled in a “470” (Internship) course while participating in the internship. Students must register for the 470 designation that is consistent with his/her degree program or major.
  • Have permission from the faculty member who will serve as the internship supervisor to register for a 470 course.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

 

 


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