General Education


The General Education (University Requirements) program is the key segment of courses in the undergraduate programs designed to impart breath of knowledge, outstanding intellectual and aesthetic skills in developing the logical abilities of students and facilitating their integral development that liberalize them for life. At FU, the general education is a stance of the general curriculum so tailored to advance the academic foundation of students in facing the challenges of the core courses and areas of specializations required to finish their degree programs. Students must complete general education requirements in communication, quantitative skills, humanities and arts, social-behavioral sciences and natural sciences. With these requirements, UoF is, not only preparing students for their academic careers, but also liberalizing them for life.


The General Education (University Requirements) program seeks to:

  • Develop competence in English communication; effectively both orally and in writing commensurate with a two-year, or a four-year, degree level of education.
  • Develop information competency, which is the ability to find, evaluate, use and communication information in all its various formats.
  • Develop basic awareness in students of the major areas of knowledge in Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
  • Show an understanding of a shared cultural heritage, the contemporary world and its problems.
  • Contribute towards the joint completion of projects.

Learning Outcomes

An effective general educational programs help students to:

  • Develop effective communication skills—writing, speaking, reading, listening and non-verbal communication, for a variety of audiences, with clarity, coherence and persuasiveness.
  • Use college-level mathematical concepts and methods to understand, analyze, and explain issues in quantitative terms.
  • Demonstrate competence in the fundamental concepts of computing and fluency in the use of contemporary computing and information technology; and, use printed materials, personal communication, observation, and technological applications to find, evaluate organize, and present information in order to achieve educational and professional success.
  • Evaluate arguments; separate fact and opinion; recognize points of view; understand implications and consequences; and, acknowledge diverse values.
  • Develop and practice a deeper, more informed awareness and appreciation of the necessity for strong values, ethical conduct, and social responsibility, especially the importance of personal, academic, and professional integrity.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the human condition through investigation, appreciation, and evaluation of the aesthetic, historical, philosophical and literary dimensions of human experience.
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper understanding of the relation of self to world through investigation of the influence of social, cultural, economic, and political institutions in shaping human thought, value, and behavior.
  • Comprehend and apply the basic principles of science and methods of scientific inquiry. Make informed decisions on contemporary consumer or social issues demanding scientific literacy such as environmental science.

Skill Domain

Course Code Course Name
ENG110101 Academic Writing 1
ENG110102 Academic Writing  2
ENG110103 Public Speaking
ARAB120101 Arabic Composition and Report Writing
MATH130101 Mathematics
IT140101 Computer Applications

Academic Writing 1

ENG110101, Academic Writing 1:- This course aims at preparing students for freshman composition while reinforcing the grammar and the reading skills. Students are required to use clear and effective, argumentative prose, with particular emphasis on organization, clarity and coherence when writing essays. The essay structure will be introduced and students will acquire these specific writing skills in following a step by step approach. English language skills will include further intermediate level grammar study that will also focus on introducing more academic vocabulary.

Academic Writing II

ENG110102, Academic Writing II:- This course is a continuation of English I (Academic Writing I). It is designed to provide students with a practical and efficient approach to acquiring the skills, strategies, and knowledge that are necessary for succeeding in academic course works. The course engages students to continue to develop writing and reading skills in preparation for academic specialization or employment requiring a competent level of communicative ability.

Principles of Public Speaking

ENG110103, Principles of Public Speaking:- This course is designed to assist the students in developing public speaking skills.  The course is organized so as to develop both critical and presentational skills. The students are trained to select and organize ideas, to adapt their message to a particular audience, to support ideas clearly, vividly, and logically, to build confidence while speaking in front of an audience, and to evaluate speeches. Emphasis is placed on encouraging an awareness of the power of speech, the creativity involved in developing and organizing a speech, the manner in which the use of language and the choice of language affects the outcome of a speech, and the connection between being an excellent speaker and being a critical consumer of public messages.

Arabic Composition and Report Writing     

ARAB120101, Arabic Composition and Report Writing:- تهتم هذه المادة بتدريب الطلبة على اكتساب القدرة على التعبير بنوعيه ، ليصبحوا قادرين على التعبير عمّا يجول في خواطرهم، ويحيط بهم، وهو المحصلة النهائية لكافة الوان النشاط اللغوي، ويعدّ ايضاً الهدف النهائي الشامل للتعليم اللغوي من منطلق ان اللغة عملية تواصل وتفاعل اجتماعي.


MATH130101, Mathematics:- This is a course in algebra, similar to high school courses in algebra, except that the pace will be faster. We will begin with linear equations in one variable and cover up through roots of polynomials. Topics selected from the following: Linear, quadratic, and polynomial equations, Rational expressions and equations, exponential and radical expressions.  If time permits, we may also see some topics from systems of equations and linear programming.

Computer Applications

IT140101, Computer Applications:- This is an introductory course to computer applications and information technology. Concepts include terminology, computer hardware, software, and networks as well as the impact of computers on the society along with the ethical issues in computing and the trends in information technology and the commonly used application software.  Students use a microcomputer with word processor, electronic spreadsheet, database management system, and presentation software to process data and present useful information.

Knowledge Domain

Course code Course Name
NSCI180101 Introduction to Environmental Science
HUM160101 Islamic Studies
HUM160102 Introduction to Humanities
SSCI170102 Introduction to Sociology
SSCI170105 Introduction to Political Science
SSCI170101 Introduction to Psychology
SSCI170103 Ethics and Citizens Rights
SSCI170104 Logic and Critical thinking

Introduction to Environmental Science

NSCI180101, Introduction to Environmental Science:- An introduction to environmental science with a focus on global environmental problems and the scientific basis for these. The social and economic impacts of environmental problems are also examined with a particular focus on issues facing the UAE.

Islamic Studies

HUM160101, Islamic Studies:- مفهوم الثقافة الاسلامية، مقومات ومميزات الثقافة الاسلامية، نشأت ومفهوم الدين , موقف الاسلام من العلم , بيان مفهوم العقيدة الالسلامية , موقف الاسلام من الفرق الضالة , الشريعة الاسلامية ومصادر التشريع في الاسلام , اركان الايمان , موقف الالسلام من الفرق الضالة , التشريعة الاسلامية ومصادر التشريع في الاسلام , خصائص التشريع الاسلامي، رد شبهات حو لبعض التشريعات كتعدد الزوجات وحقوق المرأة والحدود في الاقتصاد : العملوالكسب , المال والملكية , خصائص الاقتصاد , العبادات في الالسلام , أنواعها وأهميتها وآثاؤها في النفس والمجتمع , الاخلاق في الاسلام , فائدتها وأهميتها وآثارها في النفس والمجتمع , الاخلاق في الالسلام فائدتها وأهميتها , تحديات الثقافة الاسلامية , الغزو الفكري , العلمانية , العوملة وكيف نجابه أخطارها في المجالات المحتلفة اقتصاديا وسياسيا واجتماعيا وثقافيا

Introduction to Humanities

HUM160102, Introduction to Humanities:- Introduction to Humanities focuses on the study and appreciation of major forms of artistic expression- visual and performing arts, literature, music and religion of various world cultures. The course explores artistic heritage, values, philosophies and ideas expressed through a historical perspective from the ancient, middle, to the modern periods.

Introduction to Sociology

SSCI170102, Introduction to Sociology:- This course provides an overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical outlook and concepts are presented and examined to understand the social world. The course focuses on the systematic understanding of social interaction, social structure, cultural diversity and social change. Topics include society and culture, groups and organizations, social class and social institutions.

Introduction to Political Science

SSCI170105, Introduction to Political Science:- This course is designed to introduce students to the discipline and practice of political science, including politics, law, public administration, political theory, and international relations. In addition to the basic terminology, concepts, and theories of political science, the course will describe institutions and political practices.

Introduction to Psychology

SSCI170101, Introduction to Psychology:- This course provides a general introduction to Psychology—its basic subject matter, its approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes of behavior, and the means psychological knowledge is (or can be) applied to improve the quality of individual and communal life.

Ethics and Citizens Rights

SSCI170103, Ethics and Citizens Rights:- This course is designed to familiarize the students with the major moral theories and practice of ethics from the worldview perspective. It introduces students to the ethical theory to apply them to specific classic and contemporary moral problems such as lying, cheating, and establishing ethical business practices, honoring ethical obligations that constitute the basic fabric of everyday moral life cutting across the public and private lives.

Logic and Critical Thinking

SSCI170104, Logic and Critical Thinking:- This course is a basic introduction to both deductive and inductive reasoning.  Emphasis is placed on identifying, analyzing and constructing arguments.  It examines the logical structure of English sentences, determining validity, examining premises, and using a symbolic system which models logical relations among sentences.  Emphasis will be placed upon the logical appraisal of everyday arguments and the analysis of value arguments.