Our programs are centered on the philosophy of liberal education, providing our students career paths grounded in a rigorous General Studies curriculum. Our sequence of General Studies courses will develop the analytical, logical, mathematical, and communication skills of students while cultivating 21st Century social, cultural and global perspectives.
Building upon the General Studies foundation, our Majors will prepare students for careers that capitalize on specialized knowledge, mature decision making, and a spirit of innovation. Graduates will lead their personal, professional, and social lives with the knowledge, skills and values required to produce lifelong achievements.
The curricula of AUV undergraduate programs are designed around three clusters of learning experiences:
1. University Preparatory: 1-24 Non-Credit courses in Intensive English language and university study skills
2. General Studies: 56 credits of coursework in critical skills and diverse areas of knowledge
3. Major: 24-50 credits of coursework in a major or minor area of specialization designed to provide foundations for productive careers
A student taking credit courses at AUV must go through all three learning experiences.
Overview of AUV Curricula
I. UNIPREP (1-24 non-credit modules)
These courses comprise of a coherent cluster for various levels of student English competency levels. Based on an initial comprehensive assessment, a student’s English competency level is matched with one of several levels of proficiency.
A cluster of workshops numbered 070 to 079, teach fundamental tools of English needed to communicate thoughts in daily conversations and to read and write letters, memos, and simple essays. Workshops will provide guidelines and ample opportunities to students to gain all four essential skills of the English language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
A cluster of advanced English workshops numbered 090 to 099 develop the student’s English skills to a level needed for completing introductory coursework at a typical American university. A student in this cluster should be prepared to engage in conversations in academic settings and possess the ability to understand textbook material and write topical papers. Workshops will emphasis reading, writing, listening, and speaking in variety of academic contexts with emphasis on writing research papers and preparation for TOEFL.
The last course is one-credit University Success course (UNIV 100) covering academic culture, study skills, time management, research resources, academic integrity, and other essential tools for university success.
II. GENERAL STUDIES (53 credits)
At AUV, all students will complete a strong general studies curriculum consisting of 53 credits (16 courses). These courses will provide a foundation for further learning in their chosen academic fields. All courses are three (3) semester-credits except for natural science courses. These are four (4) semester-credits and include a one (1) credit lab.
HUMANITIES (27 credits)
Communication Skills (9 credits)
ENGL 106: Oral Communication *
ENGL 107: Composition I: Introduction to Academic Prose
ENGL 108: Composition II: The Craft of Argument
COMM 225 Public Speaking *
Critical Thinking (6 credits)
PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 103: Principles of Sound Reasoning
Historical, Creative Perspectives (6 credits)
HIST 101: World History Since 1500 *
ART 100: Introduction to Art *
SOCIAL SCIENCES (12 CREDITS)
Behavioral Perspectives (3 credits)
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
Social Institutions (3 credits)
SOCY 101: Introduction to Sociology *
ECON 211: Macroeconomic Principles
Global Awareness (3 credits)
POSC 160: World Political Systems & Comparative Government *
MATH AND SCIENCE (20 credits)
Information Management (6 credits)
CIS 105 Computer Applications & Information Technology
STAT 226 Introductory Statistics *
Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 117: College Math *
Natural Sciences (8 credits)
BIO 181 General Biology (4 credits) *
CHEM 101 Introductory Chemistry (4 credits) *
* Selected other courses in the same discipline group may be taken as substitute.
General Studies Distribution Requirements
The following rules apply to all five discipline groups listed in “General Studies Courses.”
• No course may satisfy the requirement of more than one discipline group (see the five
discipline groups listed).
• Courses taken in a student’s Major Study may NOT be counted toward a General Studies
• None of the required five discipline groups may be satisfied by any means other than
successful completion of coursework. None of the following can be used to satisfy any
of the five discipline groups in the General Studies requirement: course waivers,
Advanced Placement test scores, International Baccalaureate exams, independent study
courses, or courses taken as pass/fail.
• Courses transferred from accredited universities may be accepted if those courses are
equivalent in content as determined by the AUV provost (in consultation with an expert
Common Quality Features of Each General Studies Course
Each course offered in General Studies must contain relevant contents and assignments that
provide the students with opportunities to develop the following intellectual and practical skills:
• Reading & Comprehension
• Information Literacy
• Inquiry and Analysis
• Critical & Creative Thinking
• Written Communication
• Oral Communication
• Individual Engagement & Peer-to-Peer Interaction
Each course offered in the Major Study must contain relevant content and assignments that
provide students with opportunities to develop the following skills:
• Quantitative & Qualitative Reasoning
• Application of Concepts for Problem Solving
• Topical Knowledge & Competence
• Ethical Reasoning
• Foundations for Lifelong Learning
• Integrative & Global Perspectives
III. MAJOR (30-50 credits)
Major Study refers to the area of concentration, specialization or emphasis. Courses in the Major Study incorporate active learning strategies, emphasizing conceptual learning with applied hands-on experience, practical applications, group exercises, and term-long projects.