Areas of Knowledge

The Core Program consists of 7 knowledge areas indispensable to our liberal arts philosophy:

 

Humanities (HUMS)

The study of 'Humanities' covers a broad range of academic disciplines and topics that examine human experience and culture from a critical and historical perspective. Areas of study typically include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, law, arts, literature, ethics, and linguistic and cultural studies. Courses offered under this category of the core program examine contemporary and historical texts that represent human efforts to understand the world in diverse ways through ideas, values, cultures, heritages, and ethical ideals. While covering a range of topics in past and contemporary societies, humanities emphasize to think and read critically, engage with texts creatively, and write and speak clearly and expressively. Humanities help students build an intellectual foundation for free inquiry, understand the factors shaping the thought, culture, belief, and society and recognize the interplay between them in an informed and critical way.

Humanities courses offered in Fall 2016 semester

 


Social Sciences (SOSC) 

The study of 'Social Sciences' include courses from a variety of fields such as sociology, anthropology, archaeology and international studies, where human behavior and the functions and interactions of social structures are studied. This area aims to expose students to basic theories in the social sciences, methods of analysis, critical assessment and interpretation as well as building linkages between complex social phenomena. Potential subject matters in courses include, but are not limited to, understanding of human behavior, organization of social structures, interaction of the individual and the society, international organizations, and interaction of the societies in relation to the contemporary world. These topics would enable students to understand, evaluate and respond rationally to the personal or public issues facing them on a daily basis.

Social Sciences courses offered in Fall 2016 semester

 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (ASIU)

Courses offered under this category will familiarize students with the cultural fabric of Turkey and the world, introduce students to a number of artistic and literary traditions, and help them understand and appreciate the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs expressed in a variety of artistic and literary fields in an informed and critical way. It is essential for these courses to expose students to critical assessment, aesthetic criteria, and to develop ability for interpretive understanding; express the significance of different artistic and literary forms as a reflection of human intellect, heart, and soul; and emphasize the meaning and value of appreciating diverse approaches. These courses should encourage creativity and offer hands-on experience or field studies as well. They aim to enrich the artistic and literary appreciation of our students.

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding courses offered in Fall 2016 semester

 

Economic and Strategic Analysis (ECSA)

'Economics and Strategic Analysis' area includes courses that focus on the interaction among individuals in the marketplace and in the political arena, which involves the strategic decision making as the major driving force. Potential subject matters in these courses include, but are not limited to, the fundamental economic principles and concepts, political concepts and ideas, game theoretic analysis of individual and institutional interactions, analysis of different economic and political systems throughout the history. These courses aim to familiarize students with the issues and factors shaping the domestic and global economic, business and political relations, and how these reflect the character, choices, morals, and the philosophy of the individuals as well as nations. 

Economic and Strategic Analysis courses offered in Fall 2016 semester

 

Ethical Reasoning (ETHR)

'Ethical Reasoning' core courses aim to contribute in molding individuals who are equipped with the ability to identify, evaluate and develop ethical arguments from various ethical positions by providing them the opportunity to investigate competing ethical conceptions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Ethical principles and concepts such as justice, rights fairness, equality, freedom and happiness are considered. The focus is on fueling and furthering the participants’ drive and ability to critically determine and value the reasons for or against applying those principles with tangible results in the form of informed decisions under an ethical framework when faced with concrete ethical dilemmas. The ultimate goal of ‘Ethical Reasoning’ courses is to help the participants reach a level where they can personally reason on social, political or moral beliefs by challenging and testing their dogmatic constructions as well as their perceived worldview and put forth their own claims for consideration on such beliefs and the issues derived therefrom.  

Ethical Reasoning courses offered in Fall 2016 semester

 

Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning (EQUR)

Courses under 'Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning' core area emphasize mathematical tools that are helpful in decision-making problems, and present students how to apply concepts and theory to concrete problem solving and decision-making situations. The tools that fall under this core area are interpreted broadly and include logic, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, decision theory and algorithms. The emphasis on applying concepts and theory to real-world problem solving is essential for this core area. Real world decision-making necessitates gathering, organizing and understanding data, basic quantitative modeling skills and using tools in a structured manner to analyze problems and interpret results.  All courses offered under the Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning core area provide analytical reasoning and deduction of conclusions from data.

Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning courses offered in Fall 2016 semester

 

Natural Sciences (SCIE)

Advancements in the science and technology affect the lives of individuals and the societies dramatically. Today the world is a highly technological and innovative place and there is an inevitable interplay between science and technology and the evolution of societies, economic and political issues, philosophy and ethics. Courses offered under this category aim to equip individuals with the basic information and scientific approach to understand the world they live in and evaluate the scientific and technological products of today and future.  Science courses aim to familiarize students with the basic principles of the physical universe and the living systems and demonstrate scientific methodology, analysis and research.  Students will practice critical, analytical, empirical, and scientific thinking and reasoning which will be instrumental for the rest of their lives. How claims are investigated, how hypotheses are constructed and tested, how cause-and-effect relationships can be built and facts can be deduced will be demonstrated to students.

Natural Sciences courses offered in Fall 2016 semester