Undergraduate Catalogue

Section VIII




Regardless of their intended major, all undergraduate students have to satisfy two specific sets of requirements in order to be able to qualify for a degree. They must:

         complete their Foundation Year courses in their first year, excluding term III, of university study; and

         complete an appropriate number, and range, of General Education courses during their period of undergraduate study.


In accordance with the requirements set by the ACC in 2005, the University of Cambodia has established a Foundation Year: all new students must take 10 modules (30 credits) in terms I and II, comprising two compulsory courses in each of four general fields (Arts and Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Computers; Social Sciences; and Foreign Language; a total of 24 credits), together with two other introductory 'oriented' courses (6 credits) considered relevant to their chosen major.




The eight courses in four general fields that are required by ACC for a student's Foundation Year also partially fulfill the requirements of the University of Cambodiaís General Education (GE) program. This program, initiated when the University of Cambodia first opened in 2003, aims to broaden the student's outlook and knowledge (objectives similar to those of the Foundation Year, subsequently introduced by ACC), as a complement to the depth of knowledge which the student gets in a particular major. Together, the GE programme and the various major programs seek to produce students with well-rounded intellectual vision, creative aptitudes, and moral responsibility, as well as the necessary skills to ensure a balanced and practical education.

The following table lists the areas in which undergraduate students at the University of Cambodia have to do courses in order to meet our GE requirements (and also the guidelines set by ACC regarding the four fields independent of the student's chosen major).


GE Requirements



1. Arts and Humanities




3 credits

6 credits

Cambodian History

3 credits

3 credits

2. Mathematics, Science and Computers



IT and Computer Science

3 credits

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning

3 credits

3 credits

Natural Sciences


7 credits

3. Social Sciences



Cambodian Studies

3 credits

3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences

3 credits

6 credits

International Understanding

3 credits

6 credits

4. Foreign Language



Written English Communication

6 credits

6 credits

Oral Communication


3 credits

Total GE Credits

27 credits

46 credits


All undergraduate students seeking a degree at the University of Cambodia must select appropriate courses from the range on offer to obtain a minimum of 27 credits (Associate degree) or 46 credits (Bachelorís degree) according to the preceding table.

i. Arts and Humanities

a. Humanities These courses in the Arts and Humanities foster intellectual inquiry and cultivate talents. Students acquire a broad knowledge in art, culture, and history as it relates to a changing world in the 21st century. Associate students must select one, and Bachelor's two courses (3 credits each).

AMR101: Introduction to American Studies

ART101: Introduction to Art History

ART103: Survey of Eastern Art: India and Southeast Asia

ASN101: Introduction to Southeast Asia

ENG107: The Written Language

ENG209: The Short Story

PHL101: Introduction to Philosophy (one of Foundation Year requirements for all students)

RLG101: Introduction to Religion

RLG202: Religions of Southeast Asia

WMN100: Women in Society

b. Cambodian History This course enables students to develop an understanding of Cambodian history, including the traditions and institutions of Cambodian society, from its early period to the present. Particular emphasis is on historical analyses. All Associate and Bachelor's students must do this course, which is also one of the Foundation Year requirements for all students (3 credits).

HIS101: Cambodian History

ii. Mathematics, Science and Computers

a. Information Technology and Computer Science In this course, students will have a command of basic software and hardware concepts, terminology and function, and file/data structures; will use appropriate electronic tools in order to do data organization and search (e.g., databases, web browsers, search engines), and conduct data analysis and data presentation and communication. Students are also required to have experience in and appreciation for fundamental ethical issues relating to IT in our changing world. All Associate and Bachelor's students must do this course, which is also part of the Foundation Year requirements for all students (3 credits).

ITE101: Fundamentals of Computing and Information

b. Quantitative Reasoning These courses help students develop the ability to use and critically evaluate numerical information, and to create and critique logical arguments using quantitative reasoning. Courses in this category are intended to give students the capability to reason quantitatively through exposure and practice grounded in important problems and ideas. All Associate and Bachelor's students must select one course (3 credits each; either MTH112 or MTH120 must be taken as Foundation Year requirements by all students).

MTH110: College Algebra

MTH111: Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry

MTH112: Calculus I
MTH120: Introduction to Statistics

c. Natural Sciences In these courses, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural sciences. Students will learn about critical approaches and scientific methodologies, the relation between theory and experiment, the use of quantitative and qualitative information, as well as the development of major ideas in science. Bachelor's students must do both courses.

GSC101: Science Foundation I (3 credits)

GSC102: Science Foundation II (4 credits)

iii. Social Sciences

a. Cambodian Studies Students will deepen their knowledge of contemporary Cambodia through the study of law, economics, geography, literature and culture. All Associate and Bachelor's students must do this course, which is also one of the Foundation Year requirements for all students (3 credits).

KHM140: Cambodian Studies

b. Social and Behavioral Sciences Students develop an understanding of the major theories in social and behavioral sciences by using quantitative and qualitative methods, and the analysis of empirical observations in relation to social and behavioral theories. Associate students must select one, and Bachelor's two courses (3 credits each).

ANT101: Introduction to Anthropology

ANT103: The Rise of Civilization

ANT104: Introduction to Archaeology

GEO102: Physical Geography

POL101: Introduction to Political Science (one of the Foundation Year requirements for all students)

POL102: Political and Economic Systems of Southeast Asia

PSY101: Introduction to Psychology

SOC101: Introduction to Sociology

SOC102: Sociology of Cambodian Gender Identity

SOC103: Survey of Contemporary Cambodian Society

WMN103: Gender Issues in Development -- A Cambodian Analysis

c. International Understanding The courses in this section focus on key international issues and concerns that shape and influence our world today; and thus serve to strengthen the studentsí ability to understand international issues and instill an awareness of how these issues are dealt with in different cultural and historical traditions. In essence, these courses emphasize the interconnectedness, difference, and diversity that are important to understanding the international society today. Associate students must select one, and Bachelor's two courses (3 credits each).

COM205: Intercultural Communication

DEV101: Colonialism and After

DEV102: Understanding Development

GEO101: World Geography

GEO103: Human Geography

INT101: Introduction to Global Politics

INT102: Foreign Policy and International Relations

PST101: Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

PST102: Human Rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice

PST103: Religions in Conflict

RLG104: Religion and Society

SOC105: Introduction to Social Problems in the Global Society

iv. Foreign Language

a. Written English Communication These courses focus on written communication as a way of thinking, expressing, and exploring ideas and meanings in English. All students must do ENG101 and ENG102, which are also Foundation Year requirements (3 credits each).

ENG101: College English

ENG102: English Composition

b. Oral Communication These courses help students develop the ability to use oral communication as a way of learning, thinking, articulating, and sharing ideas with others. Courses in oral communication provide students with the ability to express themselves in public or group discussions. Students gain an important understanding of the cultural, psychological, political and practical significance of communication. Students learn how to support and defend their positions, how to respond to different communication situations, and how to organize and develop ideas clearly. Bachelor's students must select one course (3 credits).

COM101: Interpersonal Communication

COM102: Essentials of Public Speaking





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