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FND101 Freshman Seminar I (Credits: 3)

This course aims to introduce students to the AUA’s core values—academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, scholarship, leadership, and service —while building students’ communication skills. Students are challenged to translate these values into practice and reflect upon two interrelated themes: how might these values enrich their potential as lifelong learners and leaders, and how might these values help students collectively build a productive and democratic community. Throughout the semester students will sharpen their oral and written communication skills by engaging in class discussions and debates as well as by utilizing the various stages of the writing process to produce wellorganized paragraphs, letters, and short essays. Students will also have the opportunity to build an array of academic skills and familiarize themselves with university resources including the Papazian Library, Center for Academic Excellence, and Writing Lab through formal inclass trainings and home tasks.  Three hours of instructorled discussion per week.

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FND102 Freshman Seminar 2 (Credits: 3)

Building upon the skills and concepts introduced in FND 101, this course aims to further develop students’ communication skills while exploring themes set forth in the AUA mission such as citizenship, leadership, community building, sustainable development, and service to society.  Students will examine how authors construct arguments and communicate persuasively through analyzing a variety of texts of different periods and genres. Students will also advance their communication and teamwork skills through class discussions, collaborative projects, and writing assignments.  The course includes weekly readings and assignments, a research-based group presentation, and a persuasive essay, in which students will investigate an important need in Armenia.

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Perequisite: FND101

FND103 Armenian Language & Literature 1 (Credits: 3)

This course exposes students to a variety of texts by Armenian and non-Armenian poets, playwrights, and novelists across various historical periods. Students will study the linguistic and literary values of these texts, gaining an understanding of how literature reflects and constructs the Armenian identity in social, cultural, political, and historical contexts. Students will gain an appreciation of the Armenian language and develop skills in literary analysis through close reading, writing, discussion and presentation. Three hours of instructor-led class time per week.BREAKBREAKNote: Most sections will be offered in Armenian. Non Republic of Armenia citizens who did not graduate from an RoA high school whose language of instruction is Armenian will be eligible to enroll in an English-language section.

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Perequisite: FND102

 

FND104 Armenian Language & Literature 2 (Credits: 3)

This course involves close reading of influential works by Armenian writers in their historical, cultural and comparative context.  The course examines the linguistic and cultural value of epic, short story, and spiritual literature through which students will gain an understanding of the interrelationship between literature and various aspects of Armenia’s history and development. Students are required to draw upon literary theories and influences in their final project and presentation, which may be either an original work or a sustained essay on an influential literary work. This course is designed for students with an Advanced to advanced background of the Armenian language. Although the course will be conducted in Eastern Armenian, it will expose students to literary works in both Western and Eastern Armenian.  Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

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Perequisite: FND103

FND110 Physical Education (Credits: 0)

Under Armenian law, all university students are required to take 120 hours of Physical Education, and 40 hours of First Aid and Civil Defense training during their studies. At AUA, Physical Education is scheduled for the first two years, and First Aid and Civil Defense are scheduled during your first year only.  (Course description pending final approval.)

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FND152 First Aid (Credits: 0)

Under Armenian law, all university students are required to take 120 hours of Physical Education, and 40 hours of First Aid and Civil Defense training during their studies. At AUA, Physical Education is scheduled for the first two years, and First Aid and Civil Defense are scheduled during your first year only.  (Course description pending final approval.)

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FND153 Civil Defense (Credits: 0)

Under Armenian law, all university students are required to take 120 hours of Physical Education, and 40 hours of First Aid and Civil Defense training during their studies. At AUA, Physical Education is scheduled for the first two years, and First Aid and Civil Defense are scheduled during your first year only.  (Course description pending final approval.)

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FND221 Armenian History 1 (Credits: 3)

This course examines the history of Armenia, its land and people. The course will cover history from antiquity to the early modern age (beginning of the 16th century). The course examines the geopolitical, economic, religious and socio-cultural development of Armenia and explores the relationship between Armenia and other countries. Students will critically examine historical events, processes, actors, and models of history writing. Students will work individually and in groups to integrate evidence from various sources in order to develop a greater understanding of Armenian history. Instructor-led discussions. BREAKNote: Most sections will be offered in Armenian. Non Republic of Armenia citizens who did not graduate from an RoA high school whose language of instruction is Armenian will be eligible to enroll in an English-language section.

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Perequisite: FND104

FND222 Armenian History 2 (Credits: 3)

This course examines the history of Armenia, its land and people beginning with the early modern age through the establishment of the modern Republic of Armenia and renewed independence in the 21th century. Students will explore Armenian history in its geopolitical, economic, religious and socio-cultural contexts. Students will critically examine historical events, processes, actors, and models of history writing. Students will conduct independent research using primary and secondary sources to analyze issues through a comparative lens and evaluate and synthesize evidence and arguments from various disciplines. Students will analyze Armenia’s history in a global context in order to anticipate challenges and opportunities for development. Instructor-led discussions. BREAKNote: Most sections will be offered in Armenian. Non Republic of Armenia citizens who did not graduate from an RoA high school whose language of instruction is Armenian will be eligible to enroll in an English-language section.

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Perequisite: FND221