AUC's Curriculum Circle

AUC offers a liberal arts and sciences programme with courses offered in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Discussions start from big questions in science and society and lead to in-depth study in a wide range of disciplines.

Major and theme

At the end of your first semester, you confirm your choice of major and begin to develop your own individual study plan with the guidance of one of the six themes. These themes examine complex and far-reaching questions in science and society that require the integration of insights from different fields of knowledge.

Electives and other subject areas

At the same time, part of your programme is reserved for freely chosen elective courses, where you are able to explore other interests and broaden your education.

You follow your own individual path through the subject areas towards the centre of the circle, guided by your theme and major, while continuing to take Academic Core courses to refine your academic skills. In your third year you then return to your theme for an advanced course to reflect, along with other students in your major, how your unique course work has shaped your view on the theme.

Capstone experience

Finally, you complete your Bachelor programme with the capstone experience. The capstone experience is designed to encompass the knowledge you have gained during your time at AUC and to develop this knowledge into a thesis on a topic of your choice.

Designing your individual programme

You have several options to design your own programme in accordance with your personal interests. Your individual path to the centre of the curriculum circle will also be influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • your choice of theme and major (and the requirements of your chosen major)
  • Academic Core requirements
  • general degree requirements for graduation
  • your future ambitions: if you plan to go on to a particular Master programme, you may need to include certain courses in your AUC programme

Published by  Amsterdam University College

13 July 2018