Global Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

GLACC at a Glance

Starting in Fall 2019, we will formally launch our new Global Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (GLACC), replacing our current system of general education requirements.

The launch will take place incrementally over two years. In the 2019–20 academic year, the Integrative Inquiry for the Global Explorer portion of the new GLACC will become a requirement for all matriculating students. As of the next academic year, 2020–21, the remaining GLACC requirements (Critical Inquiry and Expression, Quantitative and Experimental Reasoning, Expression Française, AUP Capstone) will also launch. As of 2020–21, the full GLACC program will be required of all incoming students.

The Global Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (GLACC) degree requirements include:
  1. Integrative Inquiry for the Global Explorer (4 courses/16 credits and 1 experiential learning component)
    • FirstBridge (2 courses/8 credits)
    • Two Integrative Inquiry courses (outside the major – 2 courses/8 credits)
    • Experiential Learning
  2. Critical Inquiry and Expression (2 courses/8 credits + 2 courses/8 credits in the major)
    • Research, Interpretation, and Writing (2 courses/8 credits)
    • Digital Literacy and Communication (any course coded DL, could be any major, minor, GLACC or elective course)
    • Disciplinary Research Methods and Writing (in the major – 1 course/4 credits)
  3. Quantitative and Experimental Reasoning (2 courses/8 credits)
    • Quantitative Reasoning (1 course/4 credits)
    • Experimental Reasoning Course with Lab (1 course/4 credits)
  4. Expression Française (2 courses/8 credits) 
  5. AUP Capstone

Liberal Arts Core Capabilities

At AUP, the liberal arts take on a global perspective. We prepare you to thrive in international environments, to communicate across cultural and disciplinary boundaries, and to develop the skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and international careers. Critical thinking, effective writing, digital communication and hands-on problem solving are at the heart of our curriculum. We aim to inspire you to consider global challenges and to embrace solutions that are informed by the spectrum of human knowledge across the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences.

Independent, creative thinkers

You will think critically about your place in the world and your role in its future. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition of independent inquiry, your classes will help you challenge assumptions, conduct research, navigate resources, evaluate findings and articulate well-reasoned arguments.

Engaged, lifelong learners 

You will be knowledgeable in your chosen discipline or disciplines while benefiting from a larger interdisciplinary context. You will use a range of modes of analysis – quantitative, qualitative, visual, digital and textual – with care and resourcefulness. You will continue to meet the challenges of intellectual, personal and professional growth in meaningful and balanced ways beyond the University.

Responsible actors and empowered leaders

You will apply your knowledge and skills to the global challenges of the 21st century. The core values of curiosity, integrity and collaboration will enable you to act with commitment and ethical responsibility.

Adaptable communicators with a global perspective

You will be skillful at engaging with diversity and difference in an international setting. You will hone your intercultural awareness and abilities. You will understand how exciting ideas and valid viewpoints are articulated in a multiplicity of languages and language competencies and across a variety of cultures. You will demonstrate mastery in communicating in English and be comfortable interacting with the French environment in which you will be living.