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Department of General Education

Department of General Education offers general studies courses, supporting the entire undergraduate Programs of the University.

General Education is a structured pursuit of the aims of what has traditionally been known as liberal education; the nurturing of every student’s capacity to think critically, and stimulate their creativity and expand their horizons to social, cultural and natural worlds in and around them.

We believe that emphasis on our students’ basic knowledge in all dimensions helps us create an excellent foundation for their future development in professional studies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum requirements to enter a program of study leading to a 4-year Bachelor degree in their field of choice in their country of origin.

These include GCE (Ordinary Level) Credit Pass in English, Mathematics and at least three other relevant courses in Liberal Arts (Humanities) or Social Sciences for applicants seeking admission into the Bachelor of Science (Accounting) degree program at American University of St. Vincent or GCE (Ordinary Level) Credit Pass in English, Mathematics or Calculus, Physics and two other relevant Social Science or Science subjects.

Applicants with GCE (Advanced Level) or a 2-year college diploma in another discipline or equivalent in relevant subject areas may be given an advanced standing or credit towards admission into the degree programs of their choice at American University of St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Additionally,

(a). Applicants must achieve a passing grade in CSEC or GCE ‘O’ level in no more than

      2 examination sittings.

(b). Applicants with a post-secondary college Diploma or Associate Degree must have

      attained minimum GPA of 3.0 or a cumulative B+ average from a recognized tertiary

      level institution. 

No entrance examination is required at this time.

Program Structure

Our General Education program is organized around a constellation of four themes, which constitute groups of courses in Natural Sciences/Mathematics; Communication; Values, Beliefs and Identity; and Community and Society.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics

This discipline aims to develop an understanding of theoretical and methodological commitments of natural sciences and mathematics. Courses include General Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Algebra, etc.


These courses focus on the development of an undergraduate level of proficiency in written and oral communication across a range of media. Courses include English, Literature, Communication, etc.

Values, Beliefs and Identity

Courses in this discipline develops critical thinking of students and allows them to explore values, beliefs and ideas that shape human experiences through literature, philosophy, art, music, and critical thinking. Courses include Philosophy, Religion, Ethics, Culture, etc.

Community and Society

This discipline will enable students to explore the complex intersection of interests and relations that constitutes social life – from local community to the globalized network of societies. Courses include Sociology, Anthropology, International Relations, etc.