For those seeking added language and learning support prior to starting the undergraduate program, Fulbright has a seven-week Bridge Program that runs the summer prior to the start of classes.
For those of you who participate, you will work with our outstanding faculty and staff to prepare for the start of your first-year academic experience.
Following the American tradition, students begin their studies at Fulbright by building a breadth of knowledge and skills through a set of core courses of the liberal arts and science. These courses provide a base set of knowledge essential for all students to succeed in the 21st century and at Fulbright broadly.
Many of the core courses also incorporate important Vietnamese perspectives and ideas. Further, the core program has you develop a basic mastery of key skills — Fulbright’s eight competencies.
As Fulbright is an innovative university, the core curriculum continues to evolve to match the needs of its students. Tentatively, the Fulbright core for the 2020-2021 school year will include four courses.
Core Courses (4 credits/course):
- Global Humanities and Social Change — An examination of key moments in global history of thought through the lens of textual analysis.
- Modern Vietnamese Culture & Society — A deep-dive into issues confronted in modern day Vietnam, ranging from the socio-cultural and the political-economic to nationalism and globalization.
- Quantitative Reasoning for a Digital Age — An introduction to the foundational skills of mathematics, computer science, statistics, logical reasoning, and algorithmic thinking that informs issues in fields as diverse as economics, psychology, history, and philosophy.
- Scientific Inquiry — An exploration of how scientific knowledge is acquired, taught through a project and inquiry-based approach rooted in the various disciplines of the natural sciences.
- Design and Systems Thinking — An introduction to the principles, processes, and tools of systems thinking and design thinking that are used to identify and generate solutions to frictions in our society.
Click here to view all core courses offered in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Exploratory courses encourage students to step out of their comfort zone by exploring broad areas of study and discover more fully where their interests and passions lay. Students need to complete 8 credits (2 courses) chosen from each course category.
Students need to fulfill Exploratory requirements before working with the Advising committee to choose the Concentration courses.
Fulbright seminars (optional)
Students are strongly recommended to complete the two Fulbright seminars after fulfilling the Exploratory requirements, typically in the third year. Students are exposed to various research disciplines and observe hands-on experiences in various steps of a research process: gathering ideas, exploring methodologies, reviewing literature, and writing research proposals. Each Fulbright seminar is worth 2 credits and is graded Pass/No Pass.
To round out the degree, students are required to take 16-24 credits (4-7 courses) chosen freely within the Course Catalogue.
Electives provide students with the opportunity to take courses in different subjects across the curriculum to build up a broad and diverse background.
Fulbright concentrations provide an opportunity for increased depth in a particular subject and domain that students are interested in. These concentrations will have rigorous requirements for completion and will be completed primarily across the third and fourth year for students.
Students are required to complete:
- Concentration courses: 36 credits (9 courses), among those at least 12 credits (3 courses) at 300 level.
- Experiential learning: 4-12 credits.
- Capstone project: 8 credits.
Read more on Concentrations here.
The Capstone is the final course in a program of study. It is called a Capstone because it represents a crowning achievement as a capstone does in architecture.
For some degree programs, a Capstone course may require a project and subsequent presentation or exhibition; for others, it may include a final research paper exploring a topic of interest, emerging from the individualized program of study of the student. Ultimately, a capstone project represents new work and ideas and provides the student the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained during their college career.
In the Fulbright University Vietnam undergraduate program, students may choose a Capstone topic involving one or more disciplines/categories, which must be then discussed and carried out under the supervision of the Advising Committee. Typically, students submit the Capstone proposal in the Fall and complete the Capstone Project in the Spring of the fourth year. A Capstone project is worth 8 credits and is graded Distinction/Pass/No Pass.
To prepare you for a rapidly evolving future, Fulbright’s curriculum develops you as an adaptive thinker.
Your learning at Fulbright begins with a core of interdisciplinary courses, followed by exploring to find your area of interest, and then ultimately to self-adapted concentration.
Exploratory, electives, experiential learning opportunities and a capstone project round out your Fulbright education, providing you with a personalized experience of broad and deep learning.
By building from a base of ideas and skills to mastery in a specific area, Fulbright provides you with the best preparation for a changing world: learning how to learn.
Courses are grouped into 4 categories by area of study. Some areas of study will have courses that may apply to more than one category.
Arts and Humanities (Art and Media Studies, Vietnam Studies, Literature).
Social Sciences (History, Economics, Anthropology, Psychology, Vietnam Studies).
Sciences and Engineering (Natural Sciences, Engineering).
Mathematics and Computing (Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science).