The Bachelor's degree is conferred by the university upon the student’s application when the student has earned the minimum number of credits required for the degree and has met the requirements for the right distribution of the courses. Students must complete at least 132 credits to graduate, including a minimum of 72 credits in the major.
Each student must satisfy three types of requirements for the Bachelor’s degree:
• University Requirements
• General Education Requirements
• Major and Major-related Requirements
University Requirements – include two main components English Language and Azerbaijani Studies and give the total number of 33 credits.
English Language includes credits of:
• ENGL101 English Foundations 1 (4 credits)
• ENGL102 English Foundations 2 (4 credits)
• ENGL103 Academic English (4 credits)
English for Special Purposes (ESP) or English as a Second Language (ESL)/pre-advanced* (3 credits)
* NOTE: This ESL course is offered instead of ESP to the students majoring in the English Language and Literature, and English Translation and Journalism/English.
Azerbaijani Studies includes 12 semester credits of:
• Azerbaijani Language (3 credits)
• Azerbaijani Literature (3 credits)
• Azerbaijani Culture (3 credits)
• History of Azerbaijan (3 credits)
General Education Requirements are composed of three components for a minimum 21 credits.
General Education Courses introduce undergraduates to the richness and diversity of the various academic disciplines. No matter what a student’s specific educational goal is, General Education Requirements are designed to broaden students’ intellectual perspective and to assist them in becoming educated members of society.
Regardless of their majors, students must meet the GER in the Freshman and Sophomore years. Students must complete three components of the General Education Program for 21 credits:
• Social Sciences
• Science and Technology
The Humanities division of the program includes particular courses in Literature, Language and Linguistics, Philosophy, History, Culture and Civilization, Fine Arts and Art History. Students must take at least two courses with a minimum of 6 credits, 3 credits for each course.
The Social Sciences group contains courses in History, Geography, Political Science, International Relations, Law and Government, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology and Psychology. Students must take at least two courses with a minimum of 6 credits, 3 credits for each course.
The Science and Technology component of the General Education Program unites three divisions:
• Physical Sciences and Mathematics
• Life Sciences
• Computer Sciences
and contains, for example Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geography and Environmental Studies, Geology, Biological Sciences and Anthropology, Medical Science. Students must complete at least three courses, at least one from each subgroup with a minimum of 9 credits, 3 credits for each course.
Some of the fields of study may be included in different divisions according to the content of courses or applied methods. For example, courses in Anthropology, Geography and Psychology are related to the Social Sciences division, but, at the same time, some courses in these areas may concern themselves also with Natural Sciences.
Courses required to satisfy the Major Requirements may not be used to complete the minimum 21 credits for GER, except maybe one course in the major. Some degree programs require additional work in the three areas mentioned above, or require the student to take specific courses to fulfill the GER.
Open Electives: students must take at least two additional courses with a minimum of 6 credits. These courses can be taken from any major or non-major divisions without any restriction.