Core Program | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Core Program

The AUIS Core Program is the common curriculum in the Liberal Arts that all AUIS students take.

The strong Core Program at AUIS makes it unique among Iraqi universities; it gives students in professional programs a strong background in English and the humanities, and makes sure that social science and English majors have acquired basic scientific, mathematical and computer skills.

The AUIS Core Program is the common curriculum in the Liberal Arts that all AUIS students take. Students take courses in the Core Program throughout their undergraduate career, but the majority of such courses are taken in the first few semesters.
The first goal of the Core Program is to provide a foundation of knowledge and reasoning to help students as they proceed with their major studies, their careers and the rest of their lives. Another goal is to promote broad learning and teaching that crosses the borders between disciplines, so that students with a degree from AUIS possess many of the strengths of the educated mind.
Liberal education at AUIS requires all students to take foundational courses in the humanities, the social sciences and math and natural sciences. The Core Program at AUIS is committed to the notion of building students’ curiosity and skills, and to finding ways to build co­curricular programs.

All AUIS students take a four course Civilization sequence, studying developments in politics, culture, science and the arts from antiquity to the present. All students also take three Math courses  (usually College Algebra, Statistics, and Pre­-Calculus) and three English courses (Argument, Writing, and Research). The final set of mandatory courses all students at AUIS take are Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, and one course in Computer Science.In addition to these thirteen required courses, students are required to take one elective course in each of the three major fields – Social Sciences, Humanities, and Math and Natural Sciences.