Students in all academic programs at AUM must complete the General Education Program, which complements specialized study and contributes to the fulfillment of the university’s mission. 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 stress experimental and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge to concrete situations. The General Education requirements are a total of 41-42 US / 82- 84 ETCS credits.

The General Education Program requires AUM students to take courses in the following five Thematic Areas. (Note: different academic programs require students to adopt different approaches to these Thematic Areas.)  

  •  Communication in a Global Society  (3 courses for all students)

-  ENG 101 English Composition I (3 credits)

-  ENG 102 English Composition II (3 credits)

-  COM 101 Communication in a Multicultural Setting (3 credits)

  •  Data and Quantitative Literacy  (1 course for all students)

-   MAT 101 Introduction to Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics (3 credits)

-   MAT 120 Calculus 1 (4 credits)

  •    Scientific Inquiry  (3 courses for BS, 2 courses for BA)

-     BIO 101 Unity of Life (4 credits)

-    CHE 101 Introduction to Chemistry (4 credits)

-   CHE 111 Introduction to General Chemistry (4 credits)

-   PHY 101 Introduction to the Physical Universe (4 credits)

-   PHY 111 Physics with Calculus (4 credits)

  •  Tradition and Innovation in the Arts and Humanities  (3 courses for BS; 4 courses for BA)

-  ATH 101 Art of the Mediterranean (3 credits)

PHI 101 History of Philosophy (3 credits)

-  PHI 102 Applied Ethics (required for all degrees) (3 credits)

-  REL 101 Religious Worlds in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

  •    Understanding our Past and Present through the Social Sciences  (3 courses for all students)

-    HIS 101 History of the Mediterranean (3 credits)

-    PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

-    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

The General Education Program aims to develop self-directed individuals who:


  • Are engaged and committed citizens aware of the global effect of social, political, and economic change.
  • Understand the nature of tradition and world cultures, understand the impact of the past on the present, and respond sensitively in culturally diverse environments.
  • Are aware of ethical issues, and think critically to make informed and responsible decisions.
  • Use empirical and logical reasoning to assess evidence, evaluate data, make decisions, and solve problems.
  • Understand scientific principles and contemporary developments in science and technology, as well as their impact on human life and the environment.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and speech, and utilize the differing theoretical and stylistic strategies needed to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences.
  • Locate, access, critically evaluate, and use information ethically and efficiently for a variety of purposes, and engage in independent investigations and research.
  • Interpret the meaning of different forms of artistic expression within historical and theoretical contexts, and thus engage knowledgeably with works of art.


Upon graduation, the student will demonstrate:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills, and an ability to use current technology to create a final written or oral product.
  • Recognition, analysis, and evaluation of ethical issues, and an ability to defend a position through reasoned argument.
  • Effective use of logical and mathematical reasoning to analyze quantitative data and solve problems for personal and professional purposes.
  • Effective use of appropriate tools to access information, evaluate sources, and conduct independent research.
  • An ability to employ the basic concepts of ethics or one of the social sciences to analyze a contemporary issue.
  • Recognition, analysis, and resolution of scientific problems through the application of scientific methods.
  • Effective use of computers for academic purposes, including an ability to access information efficiently and incorporate technology into academic content.
  •  A recognition of the multicultural contributions to the human experience, and a keen understanding of the global community’s intradependence in facilitating coexistence in multicultural environments; and/or a recognition of the historical contexts and variety of artistic forms, the nature and norms of the myriad processes that shape creative works, and the ability to engage in the creation of original artifacts.