Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Liberal Arts & Sciences program provides VCUQatar students with courses that promote comprehensive intellectual, cultural and social development.

These courses enable students to develop and enhance their skills in reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, mathematics and sciences. Skills developed in these courses prepare VCUQatar students for life as professionals and as citizens of the world.

Students must successfully fulfill all of the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements before the degree will be granted.

General Inquiries
Junita Patrick
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Director
Patty Paine
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Courses & Curriculum

The following courses are undertaken by all students:

Behavioral/Social Sciences introduce psychological and sociological theories, concepts and methodologies that students can use to enhance their understanding of themselves, society, and the use of behavioral and social science techniques in design.

English and Literature courses provide students with an opportunity for in-depth reading and analysis of literature in a variety of genres and considerable practice doing researched writing.

Focused Inquiry courses teach written communication, oral proficiency, critical thinking, information fluency, ethics, social responsibility and literacy.

Mathematics courses offer specific problem-solving skills with an emphasis on algebraic and geometric concepts. Topics include growth and symmetry, optimization problems, and mathematics with applications in areas of social choice.

Natural/Physical Sciences introduce students to natural science concepts used in everyday technology. Topics include energy, measurements, material properties, heat, optics, electricity, magnetism, mechanics and flotation.

Faculty

  • Patty Paine

    Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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  • Diane G. Woodcock

    Associate Professor

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  • Jesse Ulmer

    Assistant Professor

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  • Jörg Matthias Determann

    Assistant Professor

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  • Junita Patrick

    Administration Business Coordinator

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  • Khaled Saoud

    Associate Professor

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  • Robert Bianchi

    Assistant Professor

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  • Robin Fetherston

    Assistant Professor

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  • Ryad Ahmad Ghanam

    Professor

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  • Sadia Mir

    Assistant Professor

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are students at an art and design school, why do we have to take courses in liberal arts & sciences (LAS)? Liberal arts & sciences courses help you develop thinking skills the same way drawing classes help you develop your drawing skills. To be successful in the 21st century it is vital that you develop your abilities to consider issues from a variety of intellectual perspectives in the same way you look at an artistic object from different visual perspectives, that you develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and that you can articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner.
Where can we get information about what LAS courses are required, and in what order, for our major? You can find this information by looking at the curriculum and course descriptions for your chosen major within the relevant Department Page e.g. Graphic Design. You will also find this information within your class schedule provided each semester, or you can contact the registrar.