Asian University for Women (AUW): the first regional, liberal arts institution in South Asia

The Core Curriculum

  • Meet the Core Curriculum faculty.

    Core Curriculum

    12 courses; 48 credit hours

    The core program aims to introduce students to the important modes of thought and reasoning, and includes courses in social analysis, ethical reasoning, literature, civilization studies, the arts, science, and mathematics.

    Core Area # of Courses Year
    Social Analysis 1 UG1
    Ethical Reasoning 1 UG1
    Social Analysis or Ethical Reasoning 1 UG1 or 2
    Literature, Civilization Studies, & the Arts 3 UG1 and 2
    Natural Science 1 UG1
    Computer Science 1 UG 1 or 2
    Mathematics 1 UG1
    Natural Science or Mathematics 1 UG1 or 2
    Writing Seminars 2 UG1



    The list of courses under each category is not a definitive list and is subject to change.

    1. Social Analysis

      • Each student will take 1-2 courses, during their first or second year

        • Social & Political Thought I & II

        • Mind & Behavior

        • Social Science Inquiry


    1. Ethical Reasoning

      • Each student will take 1-2 courses, during their first or second year

      • Introduction to Ethics

        • Introduction to Bioethics

        • Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention

        • Global Justice

        • Ethics and International Relations


    1. Literature, Civilization Studies, and the Arts

      • Each student will take three courses, two during their first year and one during their second year

        1. Literature

          • World Literature I & II

          • Arabian Nights in Literature & Culture

        2. Civilization Studies

          • Introduction to South Asian History I & II

          • Modern Asian History

          • Asian Religion through Art

        3. Dramatic, Visual, and Musical Arts

          • Photography


    1. Natural Sciences and Mathematics

      • Each student will take three courses over the course of their first and second year: two courses in the natural sciences and one course in mathematics, or two courses in mathematics and one course in the natural sciences.

      • Natural Sciences

      1. For non-science majors, examples of courses include:

        • Biology and Society

        • Conservation Biology

        • Global Information Society

        • Nutrition

        • Introduction to Public Health

      2. For students pursuing a major in the sciences.

        • Biology I, II

        • Chemistry I, II

        • Physics I, II

        • Mathematics

          • Calculus I, II

          • Differential Equations

          • Linear Algebra

          • Probability and Statistics


    1. Writing and Rhetoric Seminars

      • Each student will take two seminars during their first year

    Intensive writing and rhetoric seminars built around literary, philosophical, historical, artistic, political, social, and scientific themes.

    1. Regional Challenges
      • Each student will take one course, during their second year

    These are courses that focus on major regional problems and involve students in the region as a living laboratory as part of the course.

        • Environmental Challenges in Asia
        • Public Health Challenges in Asia

        • Gender, Peace, and Conflict in Asia

        • Urban Challenges and Poverty in Asia

        • Information and Communications Technology for Development

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