The Undergraduate Program at Asian University for Women offers students the opportunity to gain relevant, interdisciplinary knowledge across multiple fields. Benchmarked against the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the world, the AUW curriculum is designed and delivered by an international faculty who embrace the mission of AUW and contribute a significant effort to individualized student mentorship. Alumnae of the Undergraduate Program are prepared for graduate studies and immediate employment at elite institutions throughout the world.
The Undergraduate Program is grounded in the AUW Core General Education Requirement which is common to all students and is designed to introduce them to advanced study in Social Analysis, Ethical Reasoning, Literature, Civilization Studies and the Arts, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Writing, and topics specifically focused on Regional Challenges in Asia and Women Shaping Society.
By the end of their first Undergraduate Year, all students begin coursework toward their Bachelor’s degree(s) in one or more major areas of study:
Majors & Minors
BIOINFORMATICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Bioinformatics is the use of computer technologies to collect, manage, and use biological data to improve the quality of life of individuals. Bioinformatics is useful for the fields of agriculture, health, environment, energy, and biotechnology. Here it promotes biomedical research and developments, improves curative and preventive medicines, identifies waste cleaning bacteria, and produces high-yield and low-maintenance crops.
Courses Offered at AUW
Biochemistry • Bioinformatics • Biology • Biostatistics • Calculus • Cell & Molecular Biology • Chemistry • Computer Programming • Database Management • Discrete Mathematics • Ecology • Environmental Health • Environmental Microbiology • Epidemiology • Ethics • Forensic Science • Genetics & Genomics • GIS & Remote Sensing • Human Form & Function • Nutrition • Physics • Probability & Statistics • Protein Structure & Modeling • Research Methodology
Bioinformatics professionals have multiple career opportunities in the public and private sectors. Many work for pharmaceutical, biotech, and biomedical companies. They can also work for scientific research institutions, non-governmental and government agencies, hospitals, and schools. Sample careers include Biostatistician, Computational Biologist, Geneticist, Software Developer, and Bioinformatics Professor.
For a detailed overview of the Bioinformatics degree program, please review the Academic Bulletin .
Economics is the study of decision-making and the factors that determine the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. The field helps individuals understand historical and contemporary trends and make predictions for the future of production and financial markets.
Courses Offered at AUW
Accounting • Banking & Finance • Business Analytics • Calculus • Development Economics • Econometrics • Economics of Inequality • Economics of Money, Banking & Financial Markets • Entrepreneurship • Environmental Economics • Financial Economics • Game Theory • Growth & Development • Health Economics • History of Economic Thought • Industrial Organization • International Trade • Macroeconomics • Microeconomics • Managerial Economics • Monetary Economics • Labor Economics • Political Economy • Probability & Statistics • Public Finance • Research Methods
Economists are successful in a wide variety of careers in the public and private sectors. Although various roles in businesses are most common, economists are also successful in law, medicine, government, non-profits, international relations, and academic roles.
For a detailed overview of the Economics degree program, please review the Academic Bulletin.
Environmental Sciences applies knowledge, tools, and techniques from a range of scientific disciplines in order to deal with environmental challenges, such as issues arising from the impact of human activities on natural systems.
Courses Offered at AUW
Biology • Calculus • Chemistry • Climate Change • Ecology • Energy & Environment • Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology • Environmental Health • Environmental Hydraulics • Environmental Microbiology • Ethics • Geology • Hydrology / Water Management • Natural Disasters • Oceanic & Atmospheric Science • Probability & Statistics • Research Methodology • Waste Management
Environmental Scientists pursue diverse career paths in the public and private sectors. Some work for government and non-governmental agencies that address natural resources management, pollution, urban planning, agriculture, and industrial regulation. Others work for private companies, research institutions, and schools. Sample careers include Health Safety & Environment Policy Officer, Environmental Engineer, and Environmental Health Executive.
For a detailed overview of the Environmental Sciences degree program, please review the Academic Bulletin.
POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY & ECONOMICS
Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) is an interdisciplinary program that combines study from three disciplines. The study of philosophy equips students with the ability to reason rigorously and logically, and facilitates ethical reflection. The study of politics familiarizes students with the institutions that govern society and help solve collective action problems. The study of economics prepares students to contextualize political decisions and outcomes as they are often influenced by economic events and trends.
Courses Offered at AUW
Asian History, Languages & Religions • Cities & Development • Civil Wars • Climate Change Leadership • Comparative Politics • Conflict Management & Post-War Development • Democratic Theory • Diplomacy & Statecraft • Distributive Justice • Gender Studies: History & Theories • Globalization & Development • Global Mental Health • Global Ethics & Human Rights • Growth & Development • Health Care Ethics & Policy • International Leadership • International Relations • Leadership, Politics & Psychology • Macroeconomics • Microeconomics • Multilateral Diplomacy • Philosophy • Political Economy • Political Identities of Asia • Political Psychology • Political Science • Political Violence • Probability & Statistics • Research Methods • Social Entrepreneurship • Theories & Practices of Development
PPE graduates are prepared for a great variety of careers in multiple fields. Possible career paths in the private and public sectors include management, consulting, business administration, law, journalism, finance, public policy, health care, and philanthropy.
For a detailed overview of the PPE degree program, please review the Academic Bulletin.
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.
Courses Offered at AUW
Anatomy & Physiology • Anthropology • Bioinformatics • Biology • Calculus • Chemistry • Economics • Environmental Health • Environmental Microbiology • Epidemiology • Ethics • Genes & Genomes • Geology • Global Health Challenges • Global Health Research • Global Mental Health • Health Policy & Management • Human Form & Function • Infection & Immunity • Infectious & Tropical Diseases Epidemiology • Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition • Sociology • Political Science • Psychology • Probability & Statistics
Public Health is a diverse and growing field. Public Health professionals work in schools, hospitals, government and non-governmental agencies, and research institutions. Samples careers include Health Inspector, Health Services Manager, Healthcare Manager, Disease Occurrence and Prevention Analyst, Social Worker, and Health Educator.
For a detailed overview of the Public Health degree program, please review the Academic Bulletin.
For a detailed overview of AUW’s minor degree programs, please review the AUW Academic Bulletin.
The Asian Studies program at the Asian University for Women trains students to understand and engage in an interconnected world. With foundational and specialized courses in a range of fields, including history, religion, philosophy, literature, anthropology, sociology, politics and international relations, development studies, and language studies, it gives students the knowledge and skills needed to work across disciplines, to tackle issues in the region, and to think contextually and creatively about local, regional, and global transformations.
Asian Studies is innovative and interdisciplinary. While building from the diverse backgrounds and interests of its faculty and students, it invites students to question the implications of taking Asia as a bounded geographic space or field of study. In doing so, the program reflects AUW’s focus on promoting women’s leadership and confronting regional challenges. Students pursuing an Asian Studies minor will be equipped to work in a truly global environment.
The program provides students with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to pursue research and study in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. Its coursework provides a framework for developing critical questioning and reasoning skills, as well as capacities in communication, problem-solving, and creative thinking. This integrated learning environment also includes regional language study and courses with both regional and extra-regional foci.
The minor in Biology aims to provide the highest quality education and experience in the biological sciences within the context of a liberal arts education. It prepares students to understand biological issues, be competent in basic methods and techniques of the discipline, and to be accomplished, critical thinkers. Graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in the life sciences and will contribute to the growing scientific capacity in Asia.
COMPUTER SCIENCE / INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Computer Science (CS)/Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at AUW aims to educate students who aspire to engage in careers in various domains of the CS/ICT Industry and Development Sectors. This program leverages technical ingenuity together with social insights across the discipline in order to address challenges in areas such as health, microfinance, entrepreneurship, governance, education, and civic activism. Our program envisions the students to work in multi-disciplinary teams to design, develop, and implement CS/ICT infused services and applications that are technically appropriate and socially viable in the global context, so as to enable true and sustainable adoption for the next billion users worldwide.
What is development? How has it been practiced, understood and theorized? In Development Studies, students are invited to explore the process, structure and institution of development through a diversity and plurality of perspectives, approaches and models. Recognizing the complexity of issues,
Development Studies requires its students to take interdisciplinary courses that encompass, among others, ethical, political, socioeconomic, cultural and historical issues, dimensions and perspectives. Central issues explored in Development Studies will be poverty and urban challenges in the first urban century, while also recognizing the continuing importance of rural and regional development.
The primary objective of the Economics minor is to provide undergraduate liberal arts students with a rigorous, in-depth, broad, and critical program in theoretical and empirical economics. Our curriculum provides a solid grounding in neoclassical theory, statistical and econometric methods, and their applications in the various fields of economics. This education at AUW would help students think critically about the economic issues they confront in their everyday lives. It would foster the development of necessary skills that enable our diverse student body to actively engage in a gamut of policy issues in local, national, and global communities; and compare and contrast alternative methodologies in assessing the broader social and political consequences of various economic doctrines.
The Environmental Sciences (ES) undergraduate degree at AUW provides a broad-based curriculum with a strong emphasis on basic science to understand the physical, chemical and biological systems of nature. This program within the liberal education framework provides the foundation for recognizing, assessing, and solving environmental problems at the local, regional, and global scale in a sustainable way. Graduate with this interdisciplinary background gain the means to become informed, responsible, active citizens, and leader.
FINANCE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Knowledge in finance is relevant for all industries, macroeconomics policy makers and managers of personal finances. Financial literacy is an important skill – from enabling individuals to conduct their own affairs in a responsible manner, gain access to the services of financial institutions and understand the products they offer, to running a small or medium enterprise (SME) or working in larger corporations or with investors.
A solid understanding of the fundamentals of finance, management and entrepreneurial techniques has become an essential component of any education program seeking to prepare graduates for the real work environment.
The goal of these minors is to provide students with the theoretical and empirical tools necessary to achieve high levels of expertise in principle areas of finance and management. A minor in Entrepreneurship will instill the entrepreneurial skills in our students and make them better leaders. It will help the students pursue a career that not only stimulates innovation in existing firms but establishes new ventures as well. Students will learn about the challenges and opportunities usually facing new and existing businesses. At the same time, they will attain the ability to design and execute strategies to address the challenges and to seize the opportunities.
These skills will prepare them to be business leaders, to be employed in both private and public sectors, in areas such as: asset management; commercial and investment banking; financial management in government, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; insurance; real estate; public accounting; and health systems, to name a few.
FINANCE & MANAGEMENT
Entrepreneurship is often considered as one of the best mechanisms for development. Eminent economist Schumpeter’s concept of “Creative Destruction” underlines the role of entrepreneurship for the development of an economy. Developing countries in Asia and the rest of the world promote entrepreneurial activities to achieve development goals. Entrepreneurs are viewed as leaders who can think critically, solve problems, look for opportunities to found new ventures, and thus build a prosperous future through innovative ideas. Entrepreneurship is not merely a skill. It is the capability to see the planet as it could be and convince others to help make it happen.
A solid understanding of the fundamentals of finance, management and entrepreneurial techniques has become essential components of any education program seeking to prepare graduates for the real work environment.
This interdisciplinary minor explores the construction of gender identity, sex and sexuality and uses gendered representation as a central category of analysis. Students apply a variety of theoretical approaches to understand the construction and operation of power relations, social inequalities and resistances in the local, national and global contexts. The minor fosters inquiry into the relation of gender to politics, the labor market, family life, and practices of the production of knowledge and culture, paying mind to the intersection of gender with other categories of identity and modes of power, such as race, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, and ethnicity.
The Mathematics minor is designed to provide students with a strong background in the skills of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking. We nurture a mathematical point of view in all of our students: those embarking on a liberal education, those desiring skills for other endeavors, and those pursuing contemporary ideas in mathematics. Students will develop the ability to think clearly and critically about complex problems requiring the application of quantitative skills in an interdisciplinary environment. Through a combination of individual attention and group collaboration students are encouraged to become life-long learners, and to apply their knowledge and skills to improve the world in which they find themselves.
The Psychology minor is designed to increase students’ understanding of psychological concepts, theories and methods; to help students develop skills related to the scientific study of human behavior, thoughts, and emotions; and to foster intellectual curiosity as well as an understanding and valuing of the complexity and variety of human behavior.
In line with the objective of developing women leaders in Asia, our mission is to train ethical public health leaders who can sustainably address and improve regional public health challenges and strive to eliminate health disparities across Asia.
Student & Alumnae Stories
Shagufa Habibi | Afghanistan | Class of 2019
“Before coming to AUW, I didn’t know anything about women’s leadership potential. Now I have self-confidence. I can communicate with friends from different cultures. I have hopes for my future and the future of my country.”
At first Shagufa found Access Academy to be difficult. She felt behind other students because her secondary school did not provide high-quality English-language training, and her secondary school teachers taught rote memorization instead of critical thought. Her education was also frequently hindered by eruptions of conflict in Afghanistan.
Fortunately, Shagufa has never been one to back down from a challenge. She redoubled her efforts to do well at AUW. She actively participated in her classes, and met with her classmates and professors outside of class hours. Her English communication and study skills improved. She developed an academic and professional interest in Development Studies and the question of how to resolve the conflicts in Afghanistan. She began to ask analytical questions and develop potential solutions. She successfully entered the AUW undergraduate program, and is on her way to earning a Bachelor’s degree.
Listen to Shagufa’s full story here.