General Education Requirements (GenEd)

Al Akhawayn University’s

General Education Requirements

2016-2017 Academic Year


A graduate of any institution of higher education is required to have specific knowledge, understanding, and competencies, regardless of his/her major field of study. For this reason, AUI is committed to providing students with a broad education through the General Education Requirements.

What are GenEds?

In accordance with Al Akhawayn’s dedication to the American liberal arts model, all students must take a pre-established number of General Education Requirements (GenEds). Regardless of degree program, GenEds complement the overall objectives of each program and support the introduction, acquisition, and application of a wide range of communicative and intellectual skills. In addition, AUI’s GenEds foster in students an awareness of the world’s most pressing challenges, a depth and consistency of moral judgment, the ability to speak and write with clarity and precision, a desire for life-long learning, and an awareness of global cultural diversity.

As a result of this broad training, each AUI student graduates with a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding about the world and with the critical thinking skills necessary to make a positive difference in it.

Mission of the GenEds

The mission of the General Education program is to educate future global citizens and leaders who value intellectual independence, ethical and civic responsibility, and life-long pursuit of knowledge.  The General Education experience aspires to have enduring positive impact on students as they build lives and careers in an ever-changing, complex, and competitive world.


To educate students and citizens who:

What skills do the GenEds build?

  1. Written and oral communication
  2. Critical thinking and quantitative reasoning
  3. Knowledge of world cultures and the natural environment
  4. Information literacy
  5. Technology literacy

Why does AUI require you, an AUI undergraduate, to take GenEds?

What is the value of a liberal arts education?

The Huffington Post (The Value of a Liberal Arts Education), Forbes Magazine (Why Getting a Liberal Arts Education is Not a Mistake), US News and World Report (There is Value in Liberal Arts Education, Employers Say), and the American Council on Education (The Myth that Liberal Arts Education is Becoming Irrelevant) all believe that graduates with liberal arts degrees are well-rounded and highly employable. According to Dr. Thomas Cech, President of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and liberal arts college graduate:

Just as mathematics is considered to be a good exercise for the brain even for those who will never use calculus in the future, so the study of great books, history, languages, music, and many other non-science fields is likely to hone a scientist’s ability to perceive and interpret the natural world.

The same can be said for humanists (who study non-science and math subjects) who improve their ability to discern observations and defend their claims by cross-training in the sciences. Studying a broad range of subjects makes you a better thinker, student, and world citizen.

What specific subjects do the GenEds cover?

In the 2016-2017 course catalogue, what courses within each subject fulfil a GenEd?

Foundations for Academic Success

Public Speaking


Social sciences

Quantitative Skills

Physical sciences

Linguistic Proficiency