Liberal Arts

An image summarizing the other text of this page. What does it mean to be a liberal arts university? At AU, it means that we believe students need to graduate with a thorough knowledge of their chosen field and a broad understanding of the world around them.

Getting Started

First-year students get started with their liberal arts requirements with two courses. During the fall semester, every first-year student takes LART 1050 First-Year Seminar. The hallmark of this first course is the establishment of a mentoring relationship with a faculty member and with an upper-level student. These mentors become resources for the students during their first year and beyond.

The second semester course, LART 1100 Critical Thinking Seminar, focuses on building the critical thinking skills and independent voice that students will need to be successful throughout their time at AU. Students stay with the same cohort through both semesters.

Engaging and Broadening

The liberal arts curriculum includes a core of classes focused on written communication, speaking and listening, quantitative reasoning, Biblical literacy, and personal wellness. View the Liberal Arts Program Requirements.

Additional courses are chosen from six categories that reflect different – but complementary – ways of knowing the world:

  • Christian Ways of Knowing
  • Scientific Ways of Knowing
  • Civic Ways of Knowing
  • Aesthetic Ways of Knowing
  • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
  • Global/Intercultural Ways of Knowing

Moving from Ideas to Experience

Every undergraduate student at AU is required to complete an internship, practicum, capstone, clinical or other experience that represents a hands-on way of experiencing the world. The student will work with his or her academic advisor to identify and complete this experience. Often, this need is fulfilled by a requirement in the student’s major.