Students at the College of Arts and Science receive broad training in the humanities, social and natural sciences. The College presently houses the three departments of International Studies, Design, and Computer Science and Information Technology. The College of Arts and Sciences promotes an interactive liberal arts model of education, which embraces intellectual and academic curiosity and develops students’ capabilities in critical thinking and academic discourse. We strive to create a knowledge-based advanced society that is well-geared for sustainable development for the benefit of all people. Our endeavor involves educating young leaders through our innovative curriculum that develops students’ ability to effectively reason and communicate and offers specialties that are essential for society and the world at large.

In line with the mission of University, the mission of the College of Arts and Science is to prepare critical thinkers and professionals in social and applied sciences, who are leaders in addressing social, technological, and environmental needs of the Kurdistan Region and beyond that contribute in the advancement and well-being of local, national, and global communities. The College also has a central role in supporting general education and other inter-college programs by providing foundational courses in humanities, social and natural sciences.
Our vision in the College of Arts and Science at The American University of Kurdistan is to generate future professional leaders across the realms of humanities, social, and natural sciences.
  • Engagement and Leadership:
    We encourage our faculty and students to engage effectively and take the lead in
    initiating and devoting their expertise in the well-being of both the natural and
    human world.
  • Environmental and Social Responsibility:
    We educate our students to take responsibility for exploring and facing dire
    environmental and social challenges facing our fast-growing and ever-changing
    complex world.
  • Life-Long Learning:
    We encourage our faculty and students to be life-long learners as both the natural
    and human world face new and increasingly complex challenges whose solutions demand
    multidisciplinary knowledge and up-to-date skills.
  • Integrity:
    We educate our students to be transparent, honest, and respectful in the workplace
    and be role models in caring for the planet’s natural and social assets.
  • To develop the student as a person with the desire for personal growth tempered with
    virtue, liberal values, self-discipline, a spirit of leadership, and integrity.
  • To equip students with professional competence within a field of specialization in
    the humanities or the social and natural sciences and to contribute positively to
    the well-being of local communities and beyond.
  • To develop an integrated personality able to function adequately in a world marked
    with rapid, progressive scientific, technological, and social changes.
  • To instill in the student a desire for rational and critical thinking and for
    expressing them appropriately.
  • To foster faculty and students’ sense of responsibility in facing global complex
    social and natural challenges.
  • To enhance AUK’s reputation locally and internationally with outstanding
    professional and personal prospects.
  • To boost the College’s local and international profile to attract more local and
    international students.

Minor Degree Specializations

The College of Arts and Science can offer the following two minor specializations that will be
available for other departments as well as other AUK colleges.


Mustafa Ameen, PhD

Faculty, Department of Interior Design

Ahmad Afara, MA1, M.Sc.

Faculty member, College of Arts and Sciences

Zinnar Ghassem, M.Sc.

Faculty, Department of Information Science

Salim Alali, PhD

Faculty, Department of Information Science

Dara Sherwani, PhD

Chair, Computer Science and Information Technology