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Undergraduate Catalogue

Section IX

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

AND

ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMS

1. LANGUAGE TRACKS

From June 2006, new students can follow one of three different tracks.

                 1.      The E-track is a continuation of the present programmes, where courses are conducted in English:

2.      A K-track will be introduced, where our existing undergraduate programmes will instead be conducted in Khmei:

3.      A 'mixed' (M-) track will be also introduced for undergraduates:

Because of the ESL requirement for the undergraduate K- and M-tracks, the number of credits for these students to graduate has been increased from 70 to 75 credits for Associate students, and from 125 to 135 credits for Bachelor's students. This allows students on these tracks to take some modules (6 credits each, because of the greater number of contact hours) of our English as a Second Language (ESL) program as part of their degree requirements (students enter the program at a level appropriate to their existing grasp of English), in addition to their other electives.

Table 1

 

Date of First Enrolment

 

Major

General Education

Other Electives

 

Total

 

Associate

February 2006 or earlier

10 courses (30 credits)

10 courses* (30 credits)

3 courses

(9 credits)

23 courses** (69 credits)

June 2006 and thereafter

10 courses (30 credits)

9 courses  (27 credits)

6 courses

(18 credits)

25 courses** (75 credits)

 

Bachelor's

February 2006 or earlier

18 courses (54 credits)

16 courses* (49 credits)

7 courses

(21 credits)

41 courses** (124 credits)

June 2006 and thereafter

18 courses (54 credits)

15 courses (46 credits)

12  courses

(36 credits)

45 courses** (136 credits)

* including  UPC100; ** including  Foundation Year, where applicable

Students joining the E-track also have to do the extra credit hours. They are encouraged to use the additional credit requirement to study another Asian language (e.g. Mandarin, Japanese or Bahasa Indonesia), and thereby further enhance their competitive advantage in the regional market-place.

Undergraduate students on the K- and M-tracks will have to take some modules (6 credits each, because of the greater number of contact hours) of our newly-designed English as a Second Language (ESL) program as part of their degree requirements: students enter the ESL programme at a level appropriate to their existing grasp of English.

Undergraduate students opting for the M-track will initially work alongside K-track students for the first portion of their degree programme, until they have completed level 6 of the ESL programme; thereafter, they can move over to join the E-track for the rest of their degree programme. Timetable constraints mean that prospective Bachelor's students must be able to start the ESL programme at level 3 or higher; whilst the lowest entry-point for Associate students is level 5. Students then complete remaining levels of the ESL programme (6 credits for each module) over successive terms.

 Table 2

M-Track

 

Major

General Education

 

ESL

Other Electives

 

Total

Associate

10 courses (30 credits)

10 courses (30 credits)

< 2 modules

(12 credits)*

> 1 course

(3 credits)

75 credits

Bachelor's

18 courses (54 credits)

16 courses (49 credits)

< 4 modules

(24 credits)*

> 3 courses (9 credits)

136 credits

* Depending on the number of English as a Second Language modules which a student has to do: where less than the maximum indicated, the appropriate number of other electives is done instead in order to complete the total number of credits required for graduation.

New students will enter the ESL programme at different levels (based on their performance in an initial, simple placement test), and thus will first have to do different numbers of ESL modules together with courses conducted in Khmei. Accordingly, one of four different subtracks ('tracks' M1 to M4) will be indicated in their degree transcripts:

 Table 3

Bachelor's

Subtrack

 

ESL

Khmei-based*

English-based**

M1

Level 6 (6 credits)

9 credits

121 credits

M2

Levels 5 – 6 (12 credits)

18 credits

106 credits

M3

Levels 4 – 6 (18 credits)

27 credits

91 credits

M4

Levels 3 – 6 (24 credits)

36 credits

76 credits

 

Associate

Subtrack

 

ESL

Khmei-based*

English-based**

M1

Level 6 (6 credits)

9 credits

60 credits

M2

Levels 5 and 6 (12 credits)

18 credits

45 credits

  subscript = number of ESL levels to be taken ≡ number of terms with Khmei-based teaching for other courses

  * maximum number of credits

** minimum number of credits

 

2. DEGREE PROGRAMS

The University of Cambodia offers the following Undergraduate Certificates, Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs under seven different Colleges:

i. College of Arts and Humanities

·       American Studies (UC/AA/BA)

·       Asian Studies (UC/AA/BA)

·       Southeast Asian Studies (BA)

·       Cambodian Studies (BA)

·       Communications (UC/AA/BA)

·       Fine Arts and Performing Arts (BA)

·       Foreign Languages:

o      Chinese (AA/BA)

o      English (UC/AA/BA)

o      French (AA/BA)

o      Japanese (UC/AA/BA)

·       Journalism (UC/BA)

·       Khmer for Non-Cambodians (UC/AA/BA)

·       Linguistics (BA)

·       Philosophy and Religious Studies (BA)

ii. College of Education

·       Education (AA/BEd)        

iii. College of Law

·       Law (ALL/LLB)

iv. College of Management

·       Accounting (UC/AA/BA)

·       Business Management (UC/AA/BA)

·       Finance and Banking (UC/AA/BA)

·       Marketing and Tourism (UC/AA/BA)

·       Public Administration (UC/AA/BA)

v. College of Public Health

·       Community Health Education (BS)

·       Social Work (BSW)

vi. College of Science and Technology

·       Biology, with concentrations in various subdisciplines possible (AS/BS)

·       Chemistry (AS/BS)

·       Computer Science (UC/AS/BS)

·       Information Science (UC/AS/BS)

·       Mathematics (AS/BS)

·       Physics (BS)

vii. College of Social Sciences

·       Anthropology (BA)

·       Development Studies (AA/BA)

·       Geography (BA)

·       History (AA/BA)

·       International Relations (AA/BA)

·       Peace Studies (AA/BA)

·       Political Science (AA/BA)

·       Psychology (BA)

·       Public Policy (BA)

·       Sociology (BA)

·       Women’s Studies (BA)

3. UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

The University of Cambodia offers a number of Undergraduate Certificate programs, some of which are interdisciplinary. Depending on the major program, certificates are awarded to students who take 15 credit hours of specified courses. Note that credits used for certificates can not be counted towards Associate or Bachelor’s degree requirements, but may be counted towards elective requirements.

4. ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Our degree programs provide students with a coherent undergraduate education that includes a comprehensive set of integrated learning opportunities. There are three basic elements to these programs:

i. General Requirements for an Associate Degree

To qualify for an Associate degree in a particular major, students must fulfill the General Education requirements (27 credits: see Section VIII), their respective major’s requirements (typically 30 credits), and 3 or 5 elective courses (depending on when the student joined the University of Cambodia: see first table in section IX.1).

ii. General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree

To qualify for a Bachelor’s degree in a particular major, students must fulfill the General Education requirements (46 credits: see Section VIII), their respective major’s requirements (typically 54 credits), and the balance as 7 or 11 elective courses (depending on when the student joined the University of Cambodia: see first table in section IX.1).

iii. College Requirements

Each College at the University of Cambodia may specify particular General Education courses should be taken to meet its requirements. They may also have additional requirements. Students should refer to their respective College for more information. 

iv. Major or Degree Specialization Requirements

      Each program leading to an undergraduate degree is built around a field of concentration – the major – which consists of a specific number of credits and required courses in a particular discipline, together with related courses in other subjects that are associated with, and contribute to, that discipline.

v. Minor Requirements

Limited concentrations of courses in an area other than the major (i.e. a minor) are offered in some programs: if in doubt, check with the Coordinator of the relevant College whether a particular minor is being offered.

A minor is defined as relating to an approved Bachelor’s degree, with courses completed in or coordinated by a single academic department different from the one where the candidate is doing a major. A minor course of study consists of a non-introductory course work (at least 200-level courses and upper division courses) that are completed with a grade of C or better. The minimum number of courses required varies with the minor being studied.

College of Arts and Humanities

§       American Studies

§       Asian Studies

§       Communications

§       Fine Arts and Performing Arts

§       Chinese

§       English

§       French

§       Japanese

§       Journalism

§       Khmer

§       Linguistics

§       Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Science and Technology

§       Biology (with concentrations in various subdisciplines possible)

§       Information Technology

College of Social Sciences

§       Anthropology

§       Development Studies

§       Geography

§       History

§       Political Science

§       Public Policy

§       Sociology

For detailed information about minors, see the respective Colleges in the catalog, or contact the respective Colleges at the University of Cambodia.

vi. Electives

If the student does not have a minor, elective courses (the number and the type of courses vary according to the major requirements) are taken in a range of disciplines, offering a chance to further broaden the student’s knowledge.

For detailed information about electives, see the respective Colleges in the catalog, or contact the respective Colleges at the University of Cambodia.

vii. Graduation Requirements and Policies

Students are expected to complete their academic work (apportioned as outlined above) and apply for a degree in a timely manner. Students should meet with their academic advisers regularly or consult with the department or program in which the student is pursuing a degree.

A degree candidate must be registered and in attendance during the term in which he or she completes the degree requirements, unless permission has been given for graduation in absentia by the appropriate College Coordinator or the University President.

All Associate and Bachelor's must take an Exit Exam, as required by the University of Cambodia and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (see Section VI.8).

·      This is normally taken in the last term of a student's course of study.

·       Students who are not currently enrolled must register for one further course (3 credits) so that they can sit for the Exit Exam.

·       The Office of Administration will inform all undergraduate students of the date, time, and venue for the Exit Exam.

5. APPLICATION FOR A DEGREE

Once a student satisfies the degree requirements for the selected major and, if applicable, the minor or concentration selected, an application for graduation (obtained at the Office of Student Academic Affairs) can then be submitted together with a degree fee (US$10) to the Office of Administration.

 

DISCLAIMER:

THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THESE CATALOGS AS IT SEES FIT, SO THAT WE HAVE THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY IN AN EVER-EVOLVING WORLD.

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