American University of Kuwait AUK

Introduction

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is a liberal arts institution dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship. The University offers programs that provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning and professional success. AUK enriches society by fostering an environment encouraging critical thinking, effective communication, personal growth, service, and leadership.

Local Institutional Accreditation

The American University of Kuwait received its Institutional Accreditation from the Private Universities Council (PUC) – Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait, as of February 1st, 2006.

Program Accreditation

The Intensive English Program at AUK is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2009 through August 2014 and upholds the CEA Standards for English Language Program and Institutions.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded the American University of Kuwait accreditation of five (5) years to the Business and Economics Division on November 14, 2010. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the Business & Economics Division of the American University of Kuwait meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

The American University of Kuwait was awarded International Program Accreditation from The American Academy for Liberal Education’s (AALE) Board of Trustees for its Arts and Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division as well as the University General Education Program for a five (5) year period, ending September 30, 2016. AALE Membership certifies that the institution meets or exceeds the Academy’s independently established Education Standards.

Campus Life

The AUK Campus is located in Salmiya at the intersection of Salem Al-Mubarak and Amro Ibn Al-‘Asse Streets, and is in the middle of one of Kuwait’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The University opened its doors in the Fall of 2004 and conducts its academic activities in a new, rehabilitated and refurbished facility, which will be expanded and developed as needed in the coming years. AUK’s campus has spacious, modern classrooms; computer, science and language laboratories, an administration building, a state-of-the-art library, coffee shops, restaurants, shops and recreational facilities; as well as nearby parking available for students, staff, faculty and visitors. Next to the library and central Campus classrooms is a beautifully designed and landscaped central courtyard, offering AUK students, faculty and staff a pleasant place to relax and study.

Campus life is an integral part of a student’s university experience at AUK and it helps bring students, faculty and staff together as one community. Participation in extracurricular activities allows students to learn new skills and develop already existing ones, thus enhancing not only their educational experience but also personal development.

The University has a Student Government Association, a student-run newspaper and university journal, intramural and intercollegiate athletic clubs and organizations, theater, academic organizations as well as other activities in which students can take part.

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Programs

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Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Communication and Media, the student will be able to examine the manner in which communication impacts social process; recognize the manner in which communication is influenced by, and influences, political, cultural, and economic dynamics; demonstrate appropriate knowledge and use of... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Upon completion of the AUK Major in Communication and Media, the student will be able to: Examine the manner in which communication impacts social process Recognize the manner in which communication is influenced by, and influences, political, cultural, and economic dynamics Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and use of communication theory and research principles Apply appropriate technology in the development and dissemination of media messages Develop effective communication practices based on ethical principles Design media messages for diverse target audiences Admission to the Program Students wishing to major in Communication and Media should apply for major declaration by the end of their sophomore year. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Grade of "C" or better in ENGL 101 and in ENGL 102. University Degree Requirements (124 credit hours) To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper-level courses (300-level and above) at AUK of which at least 18 credits hours need to be taken in the major. General Education Requirements (49) Communication Core Courses (27) Communication Area Courses (18) Communication Electives (9) Free Electives (21) A grade of "C" or better in all courses required for the Major. Communication and Media Core Requirements (27 credit hours) COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication (3) COMM 110 Introduction to Digital Media Design (3) COMM 201 Principles of Journalism (3) COMM 205 Writing for... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in English

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK major in English, the student will be able to recognize a wide range of literary works of world cultures, sub-cultures and minority groups; compare and contrast texts produced in different periods and genres; identify and discuss representative authors, works and... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in English Upon completion of the AUK major in English, the student will be able to: Recognize a wide range of literary works of world cultures, sub-cultures and minority groups Compare and contrast texts produced in different periods and genres Identify and discuss representative authors, works and movements Analyze cultural and literary texts using theory Develop independent thought and judgment to carry out research projects Develop and communicate ideas clearly in writing Evaluate cultural and literary texts within socio-political, historical and economic contexts English majors begin their coursework with surveys of western literature and world literatures in English, and then advance to courses that focus on particular motifs, genres, critical approaches, time periods, authors or countries. Admission to the Program Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative GPA of 2.00 University Degree Requirements (124 credit hours) To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper-level courses (300-level and above) at AUK of which at least 18 credits hours need to be taken in the major. General Education Requirements (49) English Core Requirements (18) English Electives (27) Free Electives (30) A grade of "C" or higher is required for all major core and English elective courses. English Core Requirements (18 credit hours) Students must complete the following 6 courses (18 credit hours): ENGL 201 World Literatures in Translation I (3) ENGL 203 World Literatures in... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK major in Graphic Design, the student will be able to articulate the connection between type and image by cultivating design history, theory, methodology, and cultural and aesthetic sensibilities; identify communication problems thorough research, critical thinking and... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design Upon completion of the AUK major in Graphic Design, the student will be able to: Articulate the connection between type and image by cultivating design history, theory, methodology, and cultural and aesthetic sensibilities. Identify communication problems thorough research, critical thinking and analysis, and question predetermined solutions. Develop and implement a range of design technologies and strategies through the understanding of current software and new media. Cultivate effective communication and presentation skills through rhetorical and written proficiency. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, ethical values, and the ability to design for a diverse and global audience. Develop a portfolio, with accompanying thesis and design rational, that reflects design methodologies necessary to produce a body of work suitable for professional expectations. Admission to the Program Students wishing to major in Graphic Design should apply for major declaration by the end of their sophomore year. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Grade of "C" or better in ENGL 101. Grade of "C" or better in any Art or Art History course attempted. University Degree Requirements To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper-level courses (300-level and above) at AUK of which at least 18 credits hours need to be taken in the major. General Education Requirements (49 credit hours), composed of: GDES Prerequisites (two of the following courses: ART 101, ART 121 and ART 115, may... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK major in International Relations, the student will be able to examine diverse theories and perspectives of international relations; identify problems, issues, patterns and questions relevant to the study of international politics; apply research methods involved in the study of contemporary international relations... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations Upon completion of the AUK major in International Relations, the student will be able to: Examine diverse theories and perspectives of international relations. Identify problems, issues, patterns and questions relevant to the study of international politics. Apply research methods involved in the study of contemporary international relations. Assess both qualitative and quantitative data relevant to different political and economic systems and their institutional arrangements. Apply critical thinking and writing skills when analyzing political and economic problems, issues, and arguments in a variety of local, national, regional, and international contexts. Reconstruct concepts, models, and theories of international relations. Communicate decisions as leaders in the national, regional, and international arena. Admission to the Program High school Graduates of Scientific Section: 70% for Thanawiya Amma and British System (2.5 for Muqararat and American School) High school Graduates of Literary Section: 74% for Thanawiya Amma and British System (2.7 for Muqararat and American School) University Degree Requirements (124 credit hours) To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Relations, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. Students should be mindful of the college requirement that a minimum of 36 hours of upper-level (300-level and above) courses must be completed at AUK. The eighteen (18) of these upper-level hours need to be taken in the IR major. General Education Requirements (49) Major Requirements (45), composed of: Core Courses (18) Area Studies Courses (27) International Relations Electives (12) Free Electives (18) Major Requirements (45... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences - Concentration in Anthropology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK major in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student will be able to recognize the fundamental concepts in social and behavioral sciences with regard to different societies and cultures; examine how categories of difference are socially constructed; examine how culture constructs behaviors of everyday life... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences - Concentration in Anthropology

Upon completion of the AUK major in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student will be able to:

Recognize the fundamental concepts in social and behavioral sciences with regard to different societies and cultures Examine how categories of difference are socially constructed Examine how culture constructs behaviors of everyday life Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse cultural perspectives, critical in today's global society Apply appropriate ethical standards in the study and research of other cultures Assess the impact of global media, telecommunication, travel, migration and immigration on societies and cultures Admission to the Program High school graduates of Scientific Section: 70% for Thanawiya Amma and British System (2.5 for Muqararat and American School) High school graduates of Literary Section: 74% for Thanawiya Amma and British System (2.7 for Muqararat and American School) University Degree Requirements (124 credit hours) ... [-]

BBA

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resource Management

Campus Full time September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

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A major in Human Resource Management (HR) is the foundation of a career that can have a meaningful positive impact on health, well-being, and achievements of working individuals. HR coursework focuses on developing soft skills critically needed for success in all business fields including Management, Marketing, Accounting, and Finance. Furthermore, human talent increasingly accounts for competitive business advantage. HR plays a central role in this process by attracting, retaining, and developing human capital in organizations. The HR major at AUK provides students with outstanding value and lifelong rewards for the following reasons: - Employability. HR has a rising profile and growing sophistication in the Gulf Region. Demand for HR professionals is higher than for many other business fields. And, the average percentage salary increase for HR jobs has been higher in recent years than for fields such as Finance, Sales, Engineering, and Marketing. - Quality Professional Preparation. The new AUK HR major has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest association for HR in the world, as being aligned with its rigorous standards for HR education. AUK is the first traditional brick-and-mortar university in the Middle East to be recognized for this level of quality. Teaching for HR courses is enthusiastic and draws on effective practice as well as cutting edge academic research. Learn how to recruit and hire talented employees, develop and compensate them for performance excellence, and promote their health and personal fulfillment through enriched work experiences. Try something new – embrace the... [-]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (BBA)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Accounting, the student will be able to: display understanding of basic accounting skills such as double-entry and other generally accepted accounting principles; determine product and period costs and income statements for manufacturing companies... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (BBA)

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Accounting, the student will be able to:

Display understanding of basic accounting skills such as double-entry and other generally accepted accounting principles. Determine product and period costs and income statements for manufacturing companies. Explain and illustrate the nature and purpose of International Financial Reporting Standards. Describe the nature of ethical problems facing financial and management accountants, and possible impediments to ethical behavior. Critically compare and contrast traditional and activity based costing allocation methods. Construct, interpret, compare and evaluate company annual reports; including the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows, for service and merchandizing companies. ... [-]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (BBA)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Finance, the student will be able to: Discount cash flows; Evaluate stock and bond prices; Appreciate the power and utility of net present value as an analytical tool; Understand the key guiding principles of Islamic Finance; Distinguish between systematic risk and asset specific risk... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (BBA)

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Finance, the student will be able to:

Discount cash flows. Evaluate stock and bond prices. Appreciate the power and utility of net present value as an analytical tool. Understand the key guiding principles of Islamic Finance. Distinguish between systematic risk and asset specific risk. Begin to build an investment portfolio. Estimate and evaluate corporate and project cost of capital. Analyze the financial feasibility of projects. Explain the key distinguishing characteristics of financial markets in Kuwait and the Gulf.

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BSc

Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics (BBA)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

The Economics Degree program at AUK provides the student with the comprehensive study of domestic and international economics. The student will learn the principles of economics, the theories and methods of economic analysis, the nature of international economic activity, the character of regional Arab economics and the economics of oil and energy... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics (BBA)

Economics is the science of making choices among scarce resources. These choices are made by individuals who act through numerous social institutions such as families, business firms, financial institutions, governments, labor unions, trade associations, and charities. Economics applies a rigorous method for analyzing choices-constrained maximization to investigate how these institutions make decisions to purchase, produce, and trade resources and goods that satisfy human desires. The Economics Degree program at AUK provides the student with the comprehensive study of domestic and international economics. The student will learn the principles of economics, the theories and methods of economic analysis, the nature of international economic activity, the character of regional Arab economics and the economics of oil and energy. In this Program, students will also examine economic issues including labor, trade, finance and investment. Graduates with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics are sought after by banks, businesses, international corporations, government agencies and non-government organizations. In addition, the degree program in economics at AUK will provide the student with a solid foundation to continue graduate work in economics. Furthermore, the study of economics complements the study of management and business administration and other social sciences, including anthropology, political science, and sociology and provides a solid undergraduate foundation for students intending to pursue graduate programs in business, law, accounting, finance and public administration.... [-]


Bachelor of Business Administration in Management (BBA)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Management, the student will be able to create an application of management reporting systems and critically assess business performance employing management information systems; demonstrate the analytical skills required for the evaluation of an organization's strategic plan compared with actual results and... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management (BBA)

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Management, the student will be able to:

Create an application of management reporting systems and critically assess business performance employing management information systems. Demonstrate the analytical skills required for the evaluation of an organization's strategic plan compared with actual results and provide solutions to problems that occur when actual results fail to meet plans. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and ensure internal controls that provide assurance for users of financial statements are professionally implemented. Demonstrate understanding of basic technical skills such as the application of variance, ratio, and comparative entity analysis to control activity and protect corporate assets. Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences in business environments. Apply ethical reasoning and teambuilding practices in business management. ... [-]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing (BBA)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Marketing, the student will be able to demonstrate the understanding of basic technical skills relating to such concepts as market research surveys, assessment techniques and comparative analysis of product markets... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing (BBA)

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Marketing, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate the understanding of basic technical skills relating to such concepts as market research surveys, assessment techniques and comparative analysis of product markets. Critically assess the target market for a product and demonstrate the ability to create a plan to achieve a market share objective. Analyze survey results to examine the make-up of merchandise and manufacturing markets. Professionally present an analysis of market potential and communicate unique product attributes. Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences in product markets and in practices relative to domestic markets. Apply ethical reasoning and teambuilding practices in marketing goods and services. ... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK CS major, the student will be able to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline; analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution; design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Upon completion of the AUK CS major, the student will be able to: Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal. Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences. Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice. Apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices. Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity. Admission to the Program Admission to the Computer Science program takes place in the 2nd year of the program after the student has completed all required first year program prerequisites with an overall university GPA of 2.5 or higher in the selected program prerequisites shown below. The program prerequisites are MATH 201MATH 213, CSIS 120, CSIS 130, and 8 credit hours in Science in Biology (BIOL 101 and 102), Chemistry (CHEM 101 and 102) , or Physics (PHYS 115 and 116). These program prerequisites satisfy all... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

Upon completion of the AUK IS major, the student will be able to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline; analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution; design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Upon completion of the AUK IS major, the student will be able to: Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities Communicate effectively with a range of audiences Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice Understand processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment Admission to the Program Admission to the Information Systems program takes place in the 2nd year of the program after the student has completed all required first year program prerequisites with an overall university GPA of 2.5 or higher on the selected program prerequisites shown below. The program prerequisites are: MATH 201, CSIS 120, CSIS 130, and 8 credit hours in Science in Biology (BIOL 101 and 102), Chemistry (CHEM 101 and 102) , or Physics (PHYS 115 and 116) These program prerequisites satisfy all general education requirements in the Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science fields. Transfer equivalencies from ABET accredited programs or equivalent will be considered. We also accept transfer from non-accredited programs... [-]

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Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

Campus Full time 4 - 5 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

The objectives of the ELEG and CPEG programs are to graduate students able to communicate effectively with professionals from different areas of specialization; succeed in an electrical/computer engineering career by demonstrating leadership and ability to grow professionally in competence... [+]

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering The objectives of the ELEG and CPEG programs are to graduate students able to: Communicate effectively with professionals from different areas of specialization Succeed in an electrical/computer engineering career by demonstrating leadership and ability to grow professionally in competence Be able to apply principles of electrical/computer engineering, exhibit critical thinking in problem-solving, and take into consideration ethical and societal impacts Student Outcomes By the time of graduation, ELEG and CPEG students possess: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility an ability to communicate effectively the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning a knowledge of contemporary issues an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice Admission to the Programs Admission to the Electrical or Computer Engineering program takes place in the 2nd year of the program after the student has completed all required first year program prerequisites with an overall university GPA... [-]

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

The objectives of the ELEG and CPEG programs are to graduate students able to communicate effectively with professionals from different areas of specialization; succeed in an electrical/computer engineering career by demonstrating leadership and ability to grow professionally in competence... [+]

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering The objectives of the ELEG and CPEG programs are to graduate students able to: Communicate effectively with professionals from different areas of specialization Succeed in an electrical/computer engineering career by demonstrating leadership and ability to grow professionally in competence Be able to apply principles of electrical/computer engineering, exhibit critical thinking in problem-solving, and take into consideration ethical and societal impacts Student Outcomes By the time of graduation, ELEG and CPEG students possess: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility an ability to communicate effectively the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning a knowledge of contemporary issues an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice Admission to the Programs Admission to the Electrical or Computer Engineering program takes place in the 2nd year of the program after the student has completed all required first year program prerequisites with an overall university GPA... [-]

Gulf Studies Certificate Program

Campus Full time September 2018 Kuwait Kuwait City

The Gulf Studies Certificate Program is designed for visiting students or non-degree-seeking students who wish to spend a semester at AUK focusing on regional history, politics, society, culture, and the arts. Students are required to take a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the courses... [+]

Gulf Studies Certificate Program

The Gulf Studies Certificate Program is designed for visiting students or non-degree-seeking students who wish to spend a semester at AUK focusing on regional history, politics, society, culture, and the arts. Students are required to take a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the courses recommended by the Director of the Center for Gulf Studies. Students are asked to contact the director for current course listings. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Not all courses may be available every semester. As new courses are developed, more choices will become available for certificate electives. For students with no background in Arabic, ARAB 102 or ARAB 201 (Arabic as a Second Language I or II) is recommended. For students with a background in Arabic, ARAB 215 (Arab Composition I) or ARAB 205 (Arab-Islamic Civilization) is recommended. It is recommended that students choose courses applicable to the Gulf Studies Program in both the humanities (including the following prefixes: ARAB, ART, COMM, ENGL, and MUSC) and in the social sciences (including the following prefixes: HIST, IR, PLSC, and SBSA) in consultation with the Program Lead and/or in consultation with their academic advisor.... [-]