General Education

General Education

Introduction

The General Education Program at AURAK is not a degree program. To graduate from their academic programs, all AURAK students must nevertheless complete the university’s general education demands. Students are required to take a set of courses outside their major to develop their understanding of broad disciplinary areas and the connections between and among them. Courses approved for general education emphasize experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations. In their depth and breadth all general education courses are required to be university level courses.

Mission

The General Education Program complements the students’ major program of study by enhancing their educational experience. The General Education Program examines achievements in areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor and cultivates abilities essential for the acquisition of knowledge. The mission of the General Education Program supports the university mission by preparing students to face the challenges of a globalized, multicultural, and rapidly changing world.

Competencies

Critical Thinking Skills, including reasoning, inquiry, reflection, creativity and innovation, and the ability to analyze and synthesize information.

Communication and Teamwork, including the development, interpretation and expression of ideas, the ability to consider and integrate multiple points of view and to work with others on shared objectives.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills, including the ability to derive knowledge from observable facts, the manipulation and analysis of data, resulting in informed, verifiable solutions and conclusions. Effective understanding of technological concepts and the appropriate use of technology as a problem solving tool.

Personal and Social Responsibility, including the ability to consider ethical and moral aspects of actions and consequences, intercultural awareness, and knowledge of regional, national and global responsibility.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve abstract, familiar and non-routine problems without assistance using appropriate information drawn from relevant fields of work or disciplines.
  2. Present collaborative group analyses of topics that include complex ideas and integrate multiple points of view.
  3. Analyze empirical data using appropriate information retrieval and analysis methods, tools and techniques to arrive at informed, verifiable solutions to abstract, familiar and non-routine problems.
  4. Articulate the ethical and moral aspects of possible courses of action in particular situations and explain the consequences which might follow with reference to intercultural issues at regional, national and global levels.

Degree Requirements

The General Education Program requires undergraduate students to take 31-34 credits in the following four categories:

  • Orientation courses (O): (13-14 credits)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (H): (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S): (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics (N): (minimum of 6 credits)

The codes “O,” “H,” “S,” and “N” identify the category to which a course belongs.

All AURAK undergraduate students must complete all General Education requirements in order to graduate. This will amount to a total of 31-34 credit hours. All students must complete the required Orientation courses “a – e” (amounting to 13-14 credits), and a minimum of 18 hours from the three remaining Knowledge Domains, as described below (amounting to 18-20 credits):

Orientation Courses (13-14 credits required)

UNIV 100 is mandatory in the first semester.

  1. ENGL 101 (H): Composition (3 cr.) – Writing-Intensive Course
  2. UNIV 100 (O): University Freshman Transition (1 cr.)
  3. UNIV 200 (O): Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
  4. One of the following IT courses:

ITEC 103 (O): Fundamentals of Information Technology (3 cr.) or

CSCI 112/113 (O): Introduction to Computer Programming (4 cr.)

  1. One of the following IT courses:

ARAB 101 (O): Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for Non-Native Learners I (3 cr.) or

ARAB 110 (O): Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I (3 cr.)

Knowledge Domains (18-20 credits required)

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in this area, divided into the following three categories: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credits minimum), Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits minimum) and the Natural Sciences (6-8 credits minimum).

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credits required)

  1. Creative and Aesthetic Understanding:
    1. Required: PHIL 100 (H): Critical Thinking and Reasoning (3 cr.) – Writing-intensive Course OR ENGL 200 (H): Advanced Composition (3cr.) – Writing-intensive Course [This course will need to become literature-based to qualify as a Humanities course, under SACSCOC guidelines.] Academic programs are encouraged to include in their curricula additional General Education courses focused on promoting Creative and Aesthetic Understanding from the following list:

COMM 102 (H): Reading Image and Film (3 cr.)

ENGL 102 (H): Public Speaking (3 cr.)

ENGL 201 (H): Literature Across Cultures (3 cr.)

  1. Cross-Cultural and Ethical Understanding
    1. Required: MEST 100 (H): Introduction to Islam in World Culture (3 cr.) – Writing-intensive Course

Academic programs are encouraged to include in their curricula additional General Education courses focused on promoting Cross-Cultural and Ethical Understanding from the following list:

HIST 100 (H): Contemporary Middle Eastern History (3 cr.)

HIST 101 (H): Ancient History of the Arabian Peninsula (3 cr.)

PHIL 101 (H): Ethics in Today’s World (3 cr.)

PHIL 102 (H): World Philosophies (3 cr.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits required)

  1. Social and Global Perspectives:
    1. Required: UAES 200 (S): Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies (3 cr.) – Writing-Intensive Course
    2. Required: A minimum of one additional course from the following list:

PSYC 100 (S): Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)

SOCI 101 (S): Contemporary Social Issues (3 cr.)

ECON 103 (S): Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)

POLI 100 (S): Contemporary Global Issues (3 cr.)

POLI 101 (S): Politics of Scarcity (3 cr.)

POLI 102 (S): State and Society in the UAE (3 cr.)

GEOG 100 (S): World Regional Geography (3 cr.)

COMM 101 (S): Interpersonal Communication and Group Interaction (3 cr.)

 The Natural Sciences / Mathematics (6-8 credits required)

  1. Mathematics

Required: One of the following courses:

MATH 101 (N): Numbers and Data Interpretation (3 cr.)

STAT 100 (N): Statistics (3 cr.)

MATH 108 (N): Calculus with Business Applications (3 cr.)

MATH 111 (N): Calculus with Life Sciences Applications (4 cr.)

MATH 113 (N): Calculus I (4 cr.)

  1. Science of the Natural and Physical Worlds

Required:  One of the following courses:

BIOL 100 (N): Humankind in a Biological World (3 cr.)

CHEM 100/101 (N): Chemistry in Everyday Life (4 cr.)

CHEM 211/212 (N): General Chemistry (4 cr.)

ENVS 100/101 (N): Energy and Environmental Science (4 cr.)

ENVS 102 (N): Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations (3 cr.)

Writing Requirement

To promote students’ achievement of the Written Communication competency, the university’s General Education program also requires that students complete five writing-intensive courses.  One of these writing-intensive courses is ENGL 101.  Of the remaining four required writing-intensive courses, three must be other writing-intensive General Education courses, and the other writing-intensive course must be a course in the major program of study. Programs are encouraged to require students to take more than the university minimum of five writing-intensive courses.

The criteria for writing-intensive courses are provided below:

  • The course includes a sustained focus on individual student writing, as demonstrated in the syllabus through multiple writing assignments.
  • Students receive actionable feedback on their writing from the course instructor.
  • Students substantially revise and resubmit written drafts, incorporating feedback from the course instructor and using their own critical thought to improve their writing.
  • The final versions of written assignments total to at least 14 double-spaced, printed pages.

To be designated as “Writing-Intensive,” courses have to be approved by the General Education Committee as satisfying the criteria listed above. Courses that have been approved as Writing-Intensive are clearly designated as such in the catalog, on transcripts, and in study plans for all programs.

General Education Committee

  • Prof. Steven Zani (chair)
  • Ms. Shamila Beevi (secretary)
  • Prof. Jyoti Grewal
  • Dr. Maxime Merheb
  • Dr. Imed Louhichi
  • Dr. Hamid Berriche
  • Dr. Rachel Matar
  • Dr. Bryn Holmes
  • Dr. Mohammed Awad
  • Dr. Vazeerjan Begum

Introduction

The General Education Program at AURAK is not a degree program. To graduate from their academic programs, all AURAK students must nevertheless complete the university’s general education demands. Students are required to take a set of courses outside their major to develop their understanding of broad disciplinary areas and the connections between and among them. Courses approved for general education emphasize experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations. In their depth and breadth all general education courses are required to be university level courses.

Mission

The General Education Program complements the students’ major program of study by enhancing their educational experience. The General Education Program examines achievements in areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor and cultivates abilities essential for the acquisition of knowledge. The mission of the General Education Program supports the university mission by preparing students to face the challenges of a globalized, multicultural, and rapidly changing world.

Competencies

Critical Thinking Skills, including reasoning, inquiry, reflection, creativity and innovation, and the ability to analyze and synthesize information.

Communication and Teamwork, including the development, interpretation and expression of ideas, the ability to consider and integrate multiple points of view and to work with others on shared objectives.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills, including the ability to derive knowledge from observable facts, the manipulation and analysis of data, resulting in informed, verifiable solutions and conclusions. Effective understanding of technological concepts and the appropriate use of technology as a problem solving tool.

Personal and Social Responsibility, including the ability to consider ethical and moral aspects of actions and consequences, intercultural awareness, and knowledge of regional, national and global responsibility.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve abstract, familiar and non-routine problems without assistance using appropriate information drawn from relevant fields of work or disciplines.
  2. Present collaborative group analyses of topics that include complex ideas and integrate multiple points of view.
  3. Analyze empirical data using appropriate information retrieval and analysis methods, tools and techniques to arrive at informed, verifiable solutions to abstract, familiar and non-routine problems.
  4. Articulate the ethical and moral aspects of possible courses of action in particular situations and explain the consequences which might follow with reference to intercultural issues at regional, national and global levels.

Degree Requirements

The General Education Program requires undergraduate students to take 31-34 credits in the following four categories:

  • Orientation courses (O): (13-14 credits)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (H): (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S): (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics (N): (minimum of 6 credits)

The codes “O,” “H,” “S,” and “N” identify the category to which a course belongs.

All AURAK undergraduate students must complete all General Education requirements in order to graduate. This will amount to a total of 31-34 credit hours. All students must complete the required Orientation courses “a – e” (amounting to 13-14 credits), and a minimum of 18 hours from the three remaining Knowledge Domains, as described below (amounting to 18-20 credits):

Orientation Courses (13-14 credits required)

UNIV 100 is mandatory in the first semester.

  1. ENGL 101 (H): Composition (3 cr.) – Writing-Intensive Course
  2. UNIV 100 (O): University Freshman Transition (1 cr.)
  3. UNIV 200 (O): Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
  4. One of the following IT courses:

ITEC 103 (O): Fundamentals of Information Technology (3 cr.) or

CSCI 112/113 (O): Introduction to Computer Programming (4 cr.)

  1. One of the following IT courses:

ARAB 101 (O): Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for Non-Native Learners I (3 cr.) or

ARAB 110 (O): Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I (3 cr.)

Knowledge Domains (18-20 credits required)

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in this area, divided into the following three categories: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credits minimum), Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits minimum) and the Natural Sciences (6-8 credits minimum).

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credits required)

  1. Creative and Aesthetic Understanding:
    1. Required: PHIL 100 (H): Critical Thinking and Reasoning (3 cr.) – Writing-intensive Course OR ENGL 200 (H): Advanced Composition (3cr.) – Writing-intensive Course [This course will need to become literature-based to qualify as a Humanities course, under SACSCOC guidelines.] Academic programs are encouraged to include in their curricula additional General Education courses focused on promoting Creative and Aesthetic Understanding from the following list:

COMM 102 (H): Reading Image and Film (3 cr.)

ENGL 102 (H): Public Speaking (3 cr.)

ENGL 201 (H): Literature Across Cultures (3 cr.)

  1. Cross-Cultural and Ethical Understanding
    1. Required: MEST 100 (H): Introduction to Islam in World Culture (3 cr.) – Writing-intensive Course

Academic programs are encouraged to include in their curricula additional General Education courses focused on promoting Cross-Cultural and Ethical Understanding from the following list:

HIST 100 (H): Contemporary Middle Eastern History (3 cr.)

HIST 101 (H): Ancient History of the Arabian Peninsula (3 cr.)

PHIL 101 (H): Ethics in Today’s World (3 cr.)

PHIL 102 (H): World Philosophies (3 cr.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits required)

  1. Social and Global Perspectives:
    1. Required: UAES 200 (S): Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies (3 cr.) – Writing-Intensive Course
    2. Required: A minimum of one additional course from the following list:

PSYC 100 (S): Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)

SOCI 101 (S): Contemporary Social Issues (3 cr.)

ECON 103 (S): Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)

POLI 100 (S): Contemporary Global Issues (3 cr.)

POLI 101 (S): Politics of Scarcity (3 cr.)

POLI 102 (S): State and Society in the UAE (3 cr.)

GEOG 100 (S): World Regional Geography (3 cr.)

COMM 101 (S): Interpersonal Communication and Group Interaction (3 cr.)

 The Natural Sciences / Mathematics (6-8 credits required)

  1. Mathematics

Required: One of the following courses:

MATH 101 (N): Numbers and Data Interpretation (3 cr.)

STAT 100 (N): Statistics (3 cr.)

MATH 108 (N): Calculus with Business Applications (3 cr.)

MATH 111 (N): Calculus with Life Sciences Applications (4 cr.)

MATH 113 (N): Calculus I (4 cr.)

  1. Science of the Natural and Physical Worlds

Required:  One of the following courses:

BIOL 100 (N): Humankind in a Biological World (3 cr.)

CHEM 100/101 (N): Chemistry in Everyday Life (4 cr.)

CHEM 211/212 (N): General Chemistry (4 cr.)

ENVS 100/101 (N): Energy and Environmental Science (4 cr.)

ENVS 102 (N): Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations (3 cr.)

Writing Requirement

To promote students’ achievement of the Written Communication competency, the university’s General Education program also requires that students complete five writing-intensive courses.  One of these writing-intensive courses is ENGL 101.  Of the remaining four required writing-intensive courses, three must be other writing-intensive General Education courses, and the other writing-intensive course must be a course in the major program of study. Programs are encouraged to require students to take more than the university minimum of five writing-intensive courses.

The criteria for writing-intensive courses are provided below:

  • The course includes a sustained focus on individual student writing, as demonstrated in the syllabus through multiple writing assignments.
  • Students receive actionable feedback on their writing from the course instructor.
  • Students substantially revise and resubmit written drafts, incorporating feedback from the course instructor and using their own critical thought to improve their writing.
  • The final versions of written assignments total to at least 14 double-spaced, printed pages.

To be designated as “Writing-Intensive,” courses have to be approved by the General Education Committee as satisfying the criteria listed above. Courses that have been approved as Writing-Intensive are clearly designated as such in the catalog, on transcripts, and in study plans for all programs.

General Education Committee

  • Prof. Steven Zani (chair)
  • Ms. Shamila Beevi (secretary)
  • Prof. Jyoti Grewal
  • Dr. Maxime Merheb
  • Dr. Imed Louhichi
  • Dr. Hamid Berriche
  • Dr. Rachel Matar
  • Dr. Bryn Holmes
  • Dr. Mohammed Awad
  • Dr. Vazeerjan Begum
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 @ 10:10 pm

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